Johannesburg: India have arrived in Johannesburg for their one-off Twenty20 international against South Africa on March 30, and though it may seem like a long way to travel for a solitary match, their coach Duncan Fletcher believes the experience will be beneficial.
"We have got quite a lot of young players here. We've been trying to develop a young one-day squad and Twenty20 squad," Fletcher said. "These blokes have played well on the subcontinent and any game they play out of it must be very good from an experience point of view."
When asked if his players were happy to travel so far for one game, given that the IPL begins on April 4, the captain MS Dhoni said they were, and praised South Africa's ability to make visiting teams comfortable. He did not believe the players were fatigued, having just completed a full tour of Australia and the Asia Cup, and said they wouldn't be fatigued with more than seven weeks of Twenty20 cricket either.