Playing under pressure at home is unusual for us, says AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers admitted that the recent home series loss to Pakistan has dented their confidence, but maintained that his side were certainly not underdogs in the ODIs against India starting on Thursday.

updated: December 04, 2013 22:24 IST
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Johannesburg: South Africa's ODI captain AB de Villiers didn't mince any words about the fact that the hosts are indeed "under pressure" going into the first of the three-match ODI series against a formidable Indian side led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (Dhoni's men face stern pace test in 1st ODI)

"We are under pressure, playing in our own country and that is a bit unusual for us," De Villiers said during the pre-match media conference.

While admitting that losing the ODI series against Pakistan 1-2 has dented their confidence, the South African skipper made it a point to state that they are certainly not underdogs as being dubbed in some quarters. (Pace and bounce India's biggest challenge: Dhoni)

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