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 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.
“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.