Smith ready to use his IPL knowledge to beat India
Having played in all three IPL tournaments South Africa skipper Graeme Smith feels his first hand knowledge on India’s players will come in handy when the Proteas clash with India on Sunday..
"We have played against India a little bit of late and with a lot of our guys involved in the Indian Premier League, we have first hand knowledge of a lot of their players," said Smith.
"We have got some really good thoughts about playing India. We have had success (against India) in the last tournament and this tournament generally, we have had a lot of success without going all the way."
"I think we have only lost two games since this competition started. Even though we have only played two T20s since the last tournament (England, 2009), we have generally got a good record in this format and we like to carry that on," he added.
"We beat India at Trent Bridge on a slow turner. Most of the wickets seem to be a little bit slower and taking a bit of spin. Our options are open. In our armoury we have got pace and spin. I think we have got enough there to challenge India's batters," he said.
"Every one of these tournaments, each team arriving here is trying to win the tournament. But the nature of the Twenty20 tournament is that the teams are so close together, it is such small margins that make the difference at the end of the day," said Smith.
"Ultimately it is an honour, a privilege to put yourself in a position to win the tournament. It's our responsibility to do that. This current team has the mettle to hopefully go on to achieve that trophy."
"We are not the only favourites in the tournament. There are a lot of teams that are expected to do well. We are pretty relaxed. The media keeps raising the questions, as do people in the public and so it is something that we have to live with until we actually go on to win a tournament."