We are prepared for the worst versus India: De Kock
As the riveting action between South Africa and India is just around the corner, South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has warned the players to prepare for the worst during their outing against India this month.
The Proteas will start their tour with a three-match T20I series, the first of which will be played at Dharamsala on September 15. It will be followed by a three-Test series starting with the first game at Visakhapatnam on October 2.
“From our side‚ what we are going to do is to make sure that we prepare for the worst,” said Quinton de Kock, who will be skippering the T20 side in the absence of Faf du Plessis.
“To be honest‚ I don’t know what we are going to get. In T20s I don’t think it will spin that much because in the IPL they prepare pretty good wickets.
“But Test matches are a different story and it could end up turning on day one. It is more of a mental thing and not being caught up too much on whether it is spinning or not‚ that is what it boils down to.”Questions were raised regarding the quality of surfaces after South Africa lost 0-3 in the Test series in their last tour of India four years ago.
The Test matches at Mohali and Nagpur didn’t last 5 days of action with the South Africa batsmen getting trapped at the hands of Indian spinners. The Nagpur pitch had also received ‘poor’ rating from the ICC.
“The last time we were there‚ guys didn’t really expect those type of surfaces but this time around we will have a little bit of head start about that‚” De Kock said.
“We will keep our eyes open and make sure that we are a little bit better than last time. I am not sure if they are going to prepare similar or better wickets than the last time we were there,” Quinton de Kock said.