India fearless in the face of green tops

While New Zealand await India with quick, bouncy tracks, it is perhaps, the best opportunity for a young Indian side to get rid of their reputation of being poor performers on green tops.

updated: January 11, 2014 18:50 IST
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Once upon a time, foreign teams knew that the best way to bully and beat a touring Indian side was to taunt the players with pace and bounce. Green tops were meticulously prepared to 'welcome' the sub-continent team. That time is now over! Well, almost over, anyway.

India's young brigade of batsmen believe in a simple principle - harder you bowl, harder we hit. This was on ample display in the team's recent tour to South Africa. While the Test series was lost 0-1, the team's batting was a much brighter reflection of its former self. For example, it was the first time that the top-three scorers in a Test series in South Africa were Indians - Cheteshwar Pujara (280), Virat Kohli (272) and Ajinkya Rahane (209). The trio showed excellent application - hooking, pulling and most importantly, ducking at the right moments. This augurs well ahead of the ODI and Test series in New Zealand.

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