Visiting South African cricket captain Graeme Smith today said his team was not unduly bothered by the winning streak of India.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
Mumbai:Visiting South African cricket captain Graeme Smith today said his team was not unduly bothered by the winning streak of India against Sri Lanka in the recent limited overs series. "We see our India visit as a massive opportunity. We have come here on a good run," Smith said with reference to South Africa's 4-0 whitewash of New Zealand at home recently. The South Africans stressed on a piece of statistics that they had won 19 games consecutively. When asked if the winning streak would continue even against India, Smith said, "I would love to see that happen." The Proteas arrived in the city in the wee hours this morning. They were to play five one-day international starting with the first game at Hyderabad on Nov 16. Asked if the team would miss Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje who had pulled out of the series apprehending arrests by Indian police for alleged match-fixing in 2000, Smith said, "we have got to adopt. We have got some young players in the team who are raring to go out and perform." Smith said India have played well against Sri Lanka. "In a big game, India seem to stick to the same combination. But we are a very confident team at the moment. "Our assessment of the Indian team has changed since last time we played a match. Indians now have a bunch of young guys who are doing well and Sachin Tendulkar has also come back." (PTI)