Bangalore - AB de Villiers says he will not
feel any pressure in his 100th Test as he bids to push South Africa to a
series-levelling victory over India in the second Test from Saturday.
The top-ranked tourists crashed to a
108-run defeat inside three days in the low-scoring first Test in Mohali as
they found Indian spinners unplayable on the dry, dusty pitch.
De Villiers, one of the finest batsmen in
the modern game, said his focus was not on his landmark Test at the Chinnaswamy
stadium in Bangalore, but on performing to the best of his ability.
"I don't feel any pressure because it
is my 100th game," the 31-year-old said. "I feel pressure because we
are 1-0 down. It's a huge honour to play my 100th Test because never in my life
I thought I will be in this position.
"I just want to have an impact on the
game and I want to play my role in the team and get us into a position where we
can win this Test and get back into the series."
De Villiers, who has scored 7,685 runs at
an average of 51.92 with 21 hundreds since his Test debut in 2004, said he will
treat his 100th match like any other game.
"I do like to stay in the moment and
think about what is important today, and that is focusing on this Test
match," said the star batsman, who will become the seventh South African
to join the 100-Test club.
"I know we are one down and we want to
get back into the series. I don't like looking back too much. I have got lots
of time after my career to do that."
De Villiers is not sentimental about
returning to a familiar venue where he - like Indian captain Virat Kohli -
plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
"I have never been sentimental about
these things," he said. "I don't care where I play my 100th Test. But
I have to add that playing in Bangalore is really special for me.
"I love coming here. I enjoy touring
India in general."
De Villiers top-scored with 63 in the first
innings at Mohali and 16 in the second, but was foxed by leg-spinner Amit
Mishra both times and found his stumps shattered.
The batsman said too much was made of South
Africa's defeat in the first Test, where India's first innings total of 201 was
the highest total in the match.
"Both teams struggled on that pitch,
no one scored a hundred," he said. "Both teams struggled against spin
and looked foolish at times playing spin.
"There is absolutely nothing wrong
with home teams changing the conditions to favour them. I feel we have the
firepower to counter that.
"Hopefully in this Test match we will
find the rhythm and have more endurance than the opposition."