Ajit Wadekar opinionates on a practice match in South Africa

India's South Africa tour starts on the 5th of January with three Tests, six ODIs and three T20s lined up.

Ajit Wadekar
Ajit Wadekar. (Photo by Natasha Hemrajani/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Former Indian cricketer Ajit Wadekar said while attending an event that India should have played a practice match before taking on the Proteas in a long series. He is hopeful that India’s winning streak will continue overseas too. But not playing a practice match will remain a matter of concern.

Wadekar feels that the wickets won’t be the same as the subcontinent ones and would have much more bounce. As the players are not going to play any practice match, it would take time for the Indian players to get adjusted to the conditions. He also said that the current team is a well-balanced one and is suited to play on any kind of tracks and would be in good form.


He also put an alert message as South Africa is a tough team to play on their own grounds and said that the players are resilient and the tracks are very fast. India should be well prepared before facing them.

Praises for Virat

According to Hindustan Times, the veteran cricketer was in full praise for captain Virat Kohli. He said that he is a very attacking cricketer. He is an entirely different sportsperson. Cricket, as it is today, requires a type of cricketer that Virat is and is important for drawing the crowd. He is a team man and is not fond of losing.

When asked if Kohli’s much-debated aggressive attitude helps him, Wadekar was assertive of it. Aggression is an essential implement and inferiority complex should not be given a place. He also opined about Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form, Wadekar said that this is a passing phase and comes in the career of any cricketer.

Backs Rahane

Wadekar feels that Rahane is one of the best cricketers India has produced and will bounce back soon. But he needs to get over the bad patch soon which will be required for India. He should continue playing so that he does not lose confidence. This will surely get him among runs.