De Kock wants South Africa to 'prepare for the worst'

Quinton de Kock doesn’t want South Africa to lose sleep over an expected spin threat but warned the players to “prepare for the worst” during their tour of India this month.

Quinton de Kock will be leading T20 side during South Africa's tour to India.   -  Getty Images

Quinton de Kock doesn’t want South Africa to lose sleep over an expected spin threat but warned the players to “prepare for the worst” during their tour of India this month.

The Proteas will begin its tour with a three-match T20I series, the first of which will be held at Dharamsala on September 15.

It will be followed by a three-Test series beginning with the first game at Visakhapatnam on October 2.

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“From our side what we are going to make sure that we prepare for the worst,” said De Kock, who will be leading the T20 side in the absence of Faf du Plessis.

“To be honest, I don’t know what we are going to get. In T20s I don’t think it will spin that much because in the IPL they prepare pretty good wickets.

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“But Test matches are a different story and it could end up turning on day one. It is more of a mental thing and not being caught up too much on whether it is spinning or not that is what it boils down to.”

Questions were raised regarding the quality of surfaces after South Africa lost 0-3 in the Test series in its last tour of India four years ago. The Tests at Mohali and Nagpur didn’t last five days with the South Africa batsmen falling to the Indian spinners. In fact, the Nagpur pitch had received ‘poor’ rating from the ICC.

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“The last time we were there the guys didn’t really expect those type of surfaces but this time around we will have a little bit of head start about that,” De Kock said.

“We will keep our eyes open and make sure that we are a little bit better than last time. I am not sure if they are going to prepare similar or better wickets than the last time we were there.”