Domingo: It’s a long tour, don’t get cocky


South Africa coach Russell Domingo is not getting too excited about his side's T20 series win over India, saying that the business end of the three-month tour was still waiting, and getting 'cocky' would be a mistake.

The Proteas won the series two-nil, with the third match rained off on Thursday, and thus claimed their first ever T20 series on Indian soil. To be fair though, it was the first one they'd played.

Now the sides have to shift focus to the ODI series, and then the four Tests, and Domingo has urged calm heads to prevail: "We have only played two days of cricket and there's 25 days of cricket left.

"We shouldn't get too cocky and confident on what has happened as we India are a very quality side."

He added that India was a particularly tough place to tour, for various reasons: "There's lots of media, lots of questions. The crowd support is immense, the passion for the game, the constant scrutiny from the media and public.

"So dealing with the all the noise, I'm not talking about the crowd noise alone but even the media noise. I put on the TV and the only thing I'm watching is the highlights of the game and constant analysis.

"Keeping our focus amidst all this noise is what is main goal."

But skipper Faf du Plessis was happy to get a bit excited, saying that winning in India was one of the more tricky assignments in world cricket, and he was proud of his team for getting off to a good start.

Du Plessis said: "It is really important to acknowledge how hard it is to come to India and to win any series."

The five-match ODI series starts on Sunday.