After registering victories in both ODI as well as T20 series at home against Pakistan, South Africa will face India in the upcoming ODI series, starting 7th March 2021. South Africa’s stand-in captain, Sune Luus expressed her delight at playing back to back series after a long rest due to Covid-19.
Of the two Sides, South Africa would be a more confident side, having registered 3-0 win in ODIs and 2-1 win in T20s against Pakistan. Luus also believes that the proteas have had enough preparations leading into the series, which might benefit them over the hosts, who haven’t played since November 2019.
“They have players like Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and all those players, who we know are top quality. But I think we are well-prepared to face them,” Luus said. “We’ve also had game-time behind us and I don’t think they’ve had that, which I’m hoping will be an advantage for us.”
South African skipper stressed the importance of playing cricket in quick succession ahead of the all-important World Cup, scheduled to be held in New Zealand next month. The series between India and South Africa will be good preparation for the marquee event for both sides.
“I think, after having no cricket for nearly a year, to having two tours in quick succession is really exciting. It really helps with our preparation for the World Cup next year and I think the more cricket we play now the better it will be for us to come to the finals in New Zealand. I think every match we play we need to capitalise on and make the most of the opportunity.”
All five matches of the series will be played at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, in Lucknow. The touring South African side has never played a single game at the ground but the skipper isn’t seemed to be too worried about that.
“Coming to India is always exciting,” Luus said. “We’re never sure what to expect when we get here. For this trip, we’ve never played on the ground, we don’t know what it looks like or what the conditions will be like. I think it will be the same for India as well. So, I think it’s going to be an even contest,” Luus said, adding that the touring side expects spinning conditions and is prepared for it.