Virat Kohli can step into Sachin Tendulkar's shoes: Allan Donald

Former South African speedster Allan Donald feels the current Indian team won't be scared to play on fast and bouncy pitches. He picks out Mohammed Shami as a special bowler.

updated: December 03, 2013 00:20 IST
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Allan Donald has paid a massive tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's young Team India saying this is an outfit that can look the opponent in the eye. Unlike previous Indian squads which found pace and bounce difficult to handle, Donald feels the current team will not be intimidated by South African pitches and their traditional bounce and pace. (Adjusting to South African conditions will be tough for Indians, says Omar Henry)

Speaking to DNA, Donald, now a TV commentator, said: "The best thing I like about India now is that they have hardened up. They are no more that team that used to come to South Africa and were left intimidated by our pitches -- the bounce and the pace. The difference is in their approach. They have a killer instinct going and a lot of young blood has changed perceptions." (Mahendra Singh Dhoni hints he will miss Gautam Gambhir in South Africa)

India arrived in Johannesburg on Monday for a three-ODI and two-Test series. The series, drastically curtailed due to a myriad of administrative issues between the Indian cricket Board and its South African counterpart, will be a mouth-watering affair with India as the world's leading ODI team and South Africa, No. 1 in the ICC Test rankings. Donald reckons this India team must be treated with great respect and had the ability to live with a Sachin Tendulkar. (Zaheer Khan needs express pace to be effective, says Fanie de Villiers)

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