New Delhi: The Indian Premier League T20 tournament in South Africa will provide India the perfect platform to prepare for their title defence in the World Twenty20 Championships in England in June, feels charismatic opener Gautam Gambhir.
Gambhir said getting the opportunity to play some quality Twenty20 cricket during the IPL would definitely act in favour of the defending champions ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup.
"It's a blessing in disguise for us to play IPL in South Africa before the Twenty20 World Cup. We hardly get to play Twenty20 matches. But to get the chance to play 14 to 15 games in IPL against world class players will definitely help us in our preparations for defending the crown," he said.
Gambhir, who has been in dream form in the recent past and was adjudged player of the tournament during Indias historic New Zealand tour, feels any player's success in the international arena depends on his security in the team.
Meanwhile, Gambhir's Delhi Daredevils teammate and opening partner Virender Sehwag feels the bouncy South African pitches will not only assist fast bowlers but batsmen too can derive benefits from them.
"Pacers will undoubtedly have an edge in South Africa because of pace and bounce but that's good for batters too as they can play their shots on such conditions," Sehwag said.
The swashbuckling opener, however, rued the opportunity of missing home crowd during the second edition of the IPL in South Africa, which was shifted out of the country this year as it clashes with the general elections.
"We will miss Delhi crowd in South Africa but hopefully, there will be sufficient support for us in South Africa." Asked about the Kolkata Knight Riders coach John Buchanan's controversial multiple captaincy theory, Sehwag, who is also the vice-captain of the Indian team, said "No comments." Interestingly, his team-mate and leg-spinner Amit Mishra ridiculed the concept and said a team should have one skipper for a series.
"There should be one captain for a whole series and I'm happy that we have captain in Viru (Sehwag)," he said.
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