Vastavam web: Assistant coach Sanjay Bangar today said neither opposition nor conditions would really matter for a supremely-confident Indian team, eyeing its first series win in South Africa.The entire Indian contingent skipped the optional practice with only support staff and selector MSK Prasad arriving to take a final look at the pitch.”It is a Test match and it is no different from any other Test match that we play wherein the opposition skills are taken into account. We really focus on our own inward processes, how our mental approach is and how our mindset is in terms of batting rhythm where we stand.
“So the opposition doesn’t really matter nor do the conditions. What we are feeling as a batting group is what matters more and we work towards achieving that sort of level that we desire to,” he added.”Well, more or less that has been the pattern for the last 24 months or so wherein the team management has made the choices about the team composition.”As of now the conditions we found, we expect the ball to seam around a bit on day one. On days two and three, they are going to be very good batting conditions. We will take into consideration the extent of moisture tomorrow on the surface and we will take it from there,” he added.”You see the consistency that they have displayed in the home season where they bowled on pretty flat conditions and made sure that they gave the support that was required for the spinners on home soil.
“They have built a great sense of discipline in their bowling and I am pretty sure that discipline will help us in maintaining the pressure on opposition batsmen.” However, Bangar was not sure whether Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane, or both, would get the nod for the first Test starting tomorrow, given their different runs of form in the build-up to the series.”It boils down to the team balance and composition and we will take a call on the morning of the match who will get a nod,” he added.While Shikhar Dhawan has been confirmed fit, Ravindra Jadeja is more or less ruled out.