Dale Steyn wants fair South African wickets, says extreme pitches can also help Indian pacers

Dale Steyn, the world's leading pacer, feels green-top wickets can be counterproductive as India also have the strength to exploit conditions that help seamers.

updated: November 28, 2013 23:40 IST
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The world's best fast bowler Dale Steyn says he is not banking on unfair home advantage when India travel to South Africa in December. India will be touring South Africa with a new-look squad as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Company begins life without a Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid or VVS Laxman. When India toured South Africa in 2010-11, Tendulkar was the highest scorer with two Test centuries. (Read: Shikhar Dhawan is the find of the year for India: Sunil Gavaskar to NDTV)

The upcoming series will be an acid test for India's young Turks like Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. The troika has taken the world by storm with their intrepid batting against quality opposition. Dhawan, who helped India score a five-wicket win in the decisive ODI in Kanpur on Wednesday with a career-best 119, is the only batsman to score six international centuries this year while Sharma rocketed into the world top 20 with consistent performances, including a double century (209) against Australia in Bangalore. Sharma's domination can be gauged from the fact that he struck a world record 16 sixes at Chinnaswamy against a quality attack. He erased the record of 15 sixes clubbed by Shane Watson against Bangladesh. (Read: Dhawan first player to record 6 hundreds in 2013)

Kohli, of course, remains the best advertisement of new-generation India. More matured, composed and letting his bat do most of the talking, Kohli is the world's No. 1 ODI batsman and the upcoming series will see a mouth-watering contest between him and AB De Villiers, the South African genius who bats, keeps and leads the ODI side. Therefore, all eyes will on India's new 'holy' trinity and how they handle a man called, Steyn. (Read: From T20s to ODIs to Tests, Rohit Sharma banks on momentum)

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