Graeme Smith Powerful’ South Africa pace attack will trouble Virat Kohli led team India: South Africa vs India
Team India will tour South Africa after the current series with Sri Lanka is over. The Indian cricket team is currently in excellent form. India have to play three Tests,six ODIs and three T20 matches on the tour of South Africa. India’s first match will be on January 5, while the last match will be played on February 24.
Prior to the start of the tour, former captain Graeme Smith believes that South Africa’s “strong” bowling attack will put pressure on Indian batting. The world number one team India and the number two team South Africa are expected to be exciting enough to compete in this match in South Africa. Former South African captain Smith believes the hosts will be extra motivated after the loss of 0-3 in India two seasons ago “I think South Africa will be very strong. With AB de Villiers coming back,their batting looks a lot stronger. The bowling too is really powerful. They have got four really outstanding experienced bowling attack to choose from and couple of young pacers as well,” Graeme Smith told media.
South Africa have a number of bowlers currently making their way back from injury, including Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Chris Morris.Smith, who captained the Proteas in 117 Tests, reckons that Newlands will provide the best opportunity for India to win a Test.
“I think Cape Town will be India’s best chance. Cape Town has experienced a drought. I expect the wicket to not do too much and have slow bounce and take a little bit of spin as the game goes on,” he said.”I think the big challenge for India will be scoring runs. If they can post big totals, they have a good batting line-up, then will be able to put South Africa under pressure.”I think it is going to be a cracking series between number one an two rank side I think world cricket needs an exciting Test series and it is shaping up to be one of those,” said Smith.Virat Kohli-led Indian team is in the best form and has won nine consecutive series.
Most of these wins were achieved in the sub-continent. When India last visited South Africa, Captain Kohli, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane were in good form, while Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan had a struggle.
According to Smith, Dhawan and Rohit now they are a much better player but Kohli and Pujara will be the key batsmen in front of fast bowling attack against South Africa’splayers like Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada. These two players have played well for the last time, so they will be important.
indian test team squad against South Africa:
Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, K. L. Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma,
Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja,
Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
India’s tour fixtures in South Africa:
jan 5-9 – 1st Test,
Jan 13-17 – 2nd Test, Centurion
Jan 24-28 – 3rd Test, Wanderers
Feb 1 – 1st ODI, Kingsmead (D/N)
Feb 4 – 2nd ODI, Centurion
Feb7 – 3rd ODI, Newlands (D/N)
– 4th ODI, Wanderers (D/N)
Feb13 – 5th ODI, St. George’s Park (D/N)
February – 6th ODI, Centurion (D/N)
Feb 18 – 1st T20I, Wanderers
Feb 21 – 2nd T20I, Centurion (D/N)
Feb 24 – 3rd T20I, Newlands