Durban: India vice-captain Virat Kohli on Saturday, dismissed South Africa pacer Dale Steyn's notion that he and his team-mates were 'frightened' of the Proteas' attack, saying they were good enough to tackle the host's pace battery.
South African pacers had peppered the Indians with fast and short-pitched balls in the series-opener and went on to record a crushing 141-run win. On the eve of the second ODI in Durban on Sunday, Steyn said they had actually managed to frighten the Indian batsmen at the Wanderers. But Kohli refused to endorse the Steyn statement. "I don't think anyone in this Indian team is frightened of anything. On a personal level, I don't think so. Off the fourth ball I was down the wicket. It is not about getting frightened, he is a quality bowler and we all know that. We should be good enough to tackle that and come up with the goods when we face them," Kohli asserted. (Beware India, says Dale Steyn)
"Regardless of the loss the other day, you didn't see anyone closing their eyes or swinging their bats around," the aggressive Indian batsman, who batted at number three in Johannesburg and faced the initial onslaught of their pace battery, added. (Preview: Do-or-die situation for India in 2nd ODI at Durban)