Melbourne, Feb 21: South African captain AB de Villiers today said world champions India are an "incredible" team and they will respect them in tomorrow's ICC World Cup 2015 match at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
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De Villiers called India as a "dangerous side" and is hoping to defeat them in their Pool B game on Sunday. He added that he is not "too worried" about MS Dhoni-led team being confident coming from a victory over Pakistan last Sunday (February 15). (Kohli's 'great friendship' with Steyn)
"I'm not too worried about other teams' results, even though we are part of the whole tournament, and it does influence us. I've encouraged the guys not to take part in too much of the other cricket going on," De Villiers said on Saturday when asked whether it makes it tougher to face a confident India pos the win against Pakistan.
"We know India is still the world champions. We know they are an incredible cricket team, so the respect factor is definitely still there, and the respect for us towards them as a cricket team is definitely there.
"Whether they've won or lost, it would not have changed a lot in our planning and preparation going into this game. We know they're a very dangerous side, and we're going to play accordingly and hopefully come out on top tomorrow," he added.
India have never beaten South Africa in 3 previous meetings at the World Cup.