Dhawan not scared of SA bowlers, pitches

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India batsman Shikhar Dhawan is not scared of South Africa's fast bowler or pitches, saying the IPL and the recent series against the Australia pacemen have prepared the India batters sufficiently.

India batsman Shikhar Dhawan is not scared of South Africa's fast bowler or pitches, saying the IPL and the recent series against the Australia pacemen have prepared the India batters sufficiently.

In contrast to India's slower decks, the wickets in SA in the upcoming series will be a trickier prospect, but Dhawan says Mitchell Johnson and James Faulkner where equally tough to face.

Added to that, he tasted success earlier this year on India A's tour to SA, where he smashed a double century. Also, Dhawan was team mates with premier SA paceman Dale Steyn for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Dhawan said: "Indian players now have the belief that if they can perform against them [fast bowlers] in the IPL, they can surely perform against them while playing for India as well.

"The good is thing is that when you are playing against the likes of Australia, you are facing quality fast bowlers like Mitchell Johnson and others. We know what awaits us, but we are confident of doing well.

"I am looking forward to playing on bouncy tracks. I went to South Africa before and performed well. So, you have the advantage of having played on these pitches and the confidence is there because of the good performances.

"The pitches there will be good. It will be helpful for the bowlers and batsmen will also enjoy playing on the bouncy tracks. Our preparation will be according to the pitch."

India will play three ODIs and two Tests, starting on 1 December, so the visitors will not have much time to prepare. But Dhawan is not worried about a lack of warm-up games as they've played so much cricket recently.

He added: "We have been playing so much cricket that we don't get much time for preparation. Like now, we have got just three days off. I guess the boys need that rest and [need to] get out the cricket mode for these 2-3 days at least.

"Before playing the first match there we will have a few days of preparation on those pitches to get used to it. So not playing a practice match shouldn't be a problem."

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