South African wickets test a batsman's mental grit, says Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir feels that despite the team's poor show in the ODI series, the Indian side has the talent and ability to make a comeback in the longer version of the game.

updated: December 13, 2013 20:24 IST
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New Delhi: Gautam GambhirHis form has been dodgy over the past couple of years but Gautam Gambhir's grit has always been unquestionable, something he believes is necessary when batsmen from the sub-continent play on bouncy South African tracks. (Click here for full coverage of India's tour of South Africa)

"When you play on pitches like those in South Africa, you need to show a lot of mental toughness. You have to be gutsy and have the grit to succeed in adverse conditions. One needs to have the ability to go out and hang in there despite all odds," Gambhir, who scored twin 50's in Cape Town (2010-11) with a swollen forearm, told PTI during an interaction. (Also read: Not surprised to see India struggle in South Africa, says Akhtar)

Asked about what will be his advise for statemate Shikhar Dhawan, who will have a big role to play in the upcoming Test series, Gambhir turned diplomatic,"I don't ever make comments about individual performances. It's Indian team that needs to play well collectively. Test matches are won on the basis of collective effort."

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