India's batting is not only about Kohli: SA coach Domingo
Virat Kohli might be the "kingpin" of India's batting in the ongoing cricket World Cup but South Africa coach Russell Domingo on Thursday said his team is not making any special plans for the swashbuckling player ahead of the two sides' pool clash here on Sunday.WorldCup2015 Updated: Feb 19, 2015 17:14 IST
Virat Kohli might be the "kingpin" of India's batting in the ongoing cricket World Cup but South Africa coach Russell Domingo on Thursday said his team is not making any special plans for the swashbuckling player ahead of the two sides' pool clash here on Sunday.
"We all know that Virat Kohli has been an outstanding player for India in the last couple of years. His record has been phenomenal. He is obviously the kingpin in their batting line-up. But we were talking last night in dinner about guys like Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane," Domingo told mediapersons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, here on Thursday.
"They (India) have got a seriously good batting line-up and it's not our style to target one individual player in a batting line-up. That's not how we go about our stuff. It's very much respecting the whole unit. Because we know they have match-winners right through their batting line-up," Domingo said on a cautious note ahead of the big game.
The Proteas coach tried sounding modest when asked about his team's 3-0 World Cup record against the defending champions having won in 1992, 1999 and 2011.
"I am not sure that we have thought about it in that way. We have been very focussed on our preparations. I do not know whether it's a psychological advantage or not, but we can't take India lightly. India are current world champions and a wonderful ODI side. Whatever we have done in the past will count for very little when we play on Sunday," said Domingo when reminded of the statistics.
While the result of this match will have very little bearing on both teams' quarter-final qualification but Domingo doesn't want to think on those lines.
"Results are always important. In front of a big crowd, against a quality side like India, if we win, it would serve as motivation. Everytime, you win a cricket match, you need to appreciate it as you don't win international matches everyday. A lot of positives will be taken if we can beat India at an early stage," Domingo said.
Although Domingo wanted to downplay the hype surrounding this match, his answer was a giveaway.
"We heard that tickets have been close to being sold out. It will be big stage for some of our players, who haven't experienced such atmosphere before. There is lot you can take out of a good result. Every game that we play for South Africa is a big game. We know there's always a bit of hype when India are in town. They have got massive support and some really big players in the side."
First Published: Feb 19, 2015 17:10 IST