Preparations at Top Gear in Dharamsala to Host 1st T20 Game between Proteas and India

October 01 02:19 2015

gamesNew Delhi, Thursday, October 1 – An exciting tournament is just a day away and both India and South Africa are all set to contend in T20 and ODI matches, which will take place between October 2 and December 7.

The Proteas are on tour of India for more than two months and this is certainly a long time. Challenges are going to be huge for both contesting parties as they being the powerhouses. Without doubt, the guests and hosts are equally stronger and the lessons from past defeats will enable them learn from mistakes and don’t let the opponents make best use of it.

Game by game strategies are likely to be made since captains of both playing XIs will look forward to win the contest through great efforts of their players. But at the end, only one team could win. The first match is to be held at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Friday, October 2. South African team has lately reached the city and this will help them get familiar with conditions of the place to a certain extent.

Here is to mention that along with pitch conditions, weather also play pivotal role in the success of a group. Since most of the Indian cities are receiving plenty of sunshine during the noontime, no wonder if the guests feel dehydrated. The only respite for them is the time of the match. In view of the fact that the matches of shortest format is to take place post 7 o’clock in the evening, weather will not be a problem, hopefully.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is to guide the Men in Blue in both formats. Dhoni’s guidance and his form will be pivotal to take the team at the peak of success. Hopes are certainly surging from the opener Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Axar Patel, Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, S Aravind and Mohit Sharma.

It would be important to notice how these players perform whether perform at top, middle or lower batting order. Dhawan, Kohli and Sharma would have to ensure a solid start. Good partnerships will assist coming batsmen play without any pressure. For the reason that the T20 being a format where runs are scored even by the players batting at no. 8 9 or 10, chances of finding a challenging total is always on the cards.

It has been recently when young India A defeated South Africa by 8 runs in a practice match that took place at Palam A Stadium in Delhi a couple of days ago. The recent defeat would help them pour more than required efforts if they want to be ahead of India in all departments be it fielding, batting or bowling. Not to forget that talented players like AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Abbott, Jean-Paul Duminy, Marchant de Lange, Kagiso Rabada, Eddie Leie, Imran Tahir, David Miller and Farhaan Behardien were part of Proteas side that was beaten by India the moment Manan Vohra and Mayank Agarwal held the fort. Others also did their bit to ensure India’s success.

The bigger challenge for the traveler is that they are to face a group which has bigger names and the capability to crush the opponents with a huge margin or even defend a small total. Needless to mention that Dharamsala may get jam-packed as many are all set to enjoy the action live. Both playing XIs will eye a win tomorrow as the lead will lend a hand to them head strong towards further T20 matches, which will be hosted at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack and Eden Gardens, Kolkata on October 5 and October 8, respectively.

This would be the first occasion after ICC World Cup these teams see each other. Fans are eager to see how these powerhouses perform when meet after long time. de Villiers’ dismissal will be imperative for India as he houses potential to change the game alone. India know South Africa wouldn’t let them win easily. Curious supporters are keenly looking forward to the kind of show presented by the Men in Blue to kick off their tournament with Proteas with a victory.