Ajinkya Rahane, one of India's key batsmen's recent performance suggests he looked a bit troubled lately. The Indian stalwart failed to get enough runs before the overseas series against South Africa.
Rahane's role will be key in the Indian team. He has played some stunning knocks on foreign pitches, hence the high hopes.
While the cricket fans are worried about Rahane's recent scores, India's former cricketer Vinod Kambli said that it’s a matter of time before he finds his touch.
“Yes, Ajinkya is struggling but once he starts scoring, he should go on to get a bigger knock (which will) help his confidence. When you get out early, you lose your confidence and concentration. So for him, it’s a one big knock, if he gets an opportunity, one big knock will bring back his confidence.”
India has a poor stats in South Africa. They have managed to win just a couple of matches out of the 17 Tests they have played there. But if Kambli is to be believed, India will do well this time.
“I think we will do well (in South Africa). The way Indian players are playing, the way they are winning. We have got the batting line-up. Our pacers are doing well. It will be a good challenge for Virat (Kohli) and the team,” Kambli said on the sidelines of the launch of the T20 Mumbai League and its logo on Thursday.
The southpaw, who played for Boland in South African domestic circuit, feels Indian batsmen will have to be aggressive if they are to succeed in those conditions.
“All depends on the technique and the approach towards the game. The tracks will have lot of bounce and they (South African bowlers) will come at you. So, the more aggressive and positively you play, it will be better for you,” said Kambli.
India will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20s during the two-month-long tour with the first Test to be played at Newlands, Cape Town from January 5-9, 2018.