Team India began preparations for the 1st ODI at Kingsmead Durban with a good three-hour session at the nets on Tuesday. Everyone took turns to bat and bowl and the team looked in good spirits looking to take momentum from the final Test win into the forthcoming ODI series. It is a long ODI series comprising six games, but India were not too keen on looking too far ahead. It was a matter of taking one game at a time reckoned vice-captain Rohit Sharma.
“We are keen to win this ODI series. We, as individuals cannot think too far ahead, we have to take one game at a time and see what we can come up with as a team. It is important to do a lot of things right, yes there will be times when we will be put under pressure but as a team we have shown that we can absorb that pressure and come back. At the same time, we have shown that if we put pressure back on the opposition, they tend to crumble. We are going to play that game and try to use it to our advantage. We want to stick to our strengths and take each game at a time,” Rohit said.
The last time India played an ODI series in South Africa was in 2013-14 when India were handed a 2-0 series drubbing. The team was inclined towards changing that and believed that they are better prepared and in with a better chance this time around. “The last time we came here we lost the series and before that as well. We want to change that around and this will be the best time to do that,” he said.
“When we came here last time, our guys were inexperienced and had hardly played in overseas conditions. Small things matter like the length that you bowl in India and the length that you bowl overseas are slightly different. Now all these bowlers have enough experience, they've got the job done in Test series as well. Our current bowling unit has shown enough courage. They've come out and bowled their hearts out and got the job done. I think it'll be a different ball game this time around.”