Subramaniam Badrinath, captain of Vidharbha predicted that South Africa’s batting will face hard times in the third test against India at Nagpur. The 35 years-old batsman, who made a patient half century during the South Africa’s previous tour in 2010 against the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, said that all the odds are in favor of India at Nagpur.
“I have seen the nature of the Nagpur wicket over a couple of years and i feel that it will be a challenge to the struggling South African batting unit. The ball will not bounce much for the pacers there and the track is a bit slow”, Subramaniam said.
“As the match progresses the pitch at Nagpur assists the spinners more and it becomes difficult for the batsmen to play. I think this will test South Africa’s batting skills for sure”, he added.
Last time when India played South Africa at the same venue, Dale Steyn ripped through the Indian batting lineup with a magical spell ultimately helping South Africa post a comfortable win. Both the Indian and South African batting units struggled to bat in Nagpur in 2010. However, Dale Steyn the match winner in 2010 may not be available for the third test due to a groin injury.
“It was Steyn’s magical spell which helped South Africa last time. Skillful bowlers can produce reverse swing in Nagpur as Steyn did in 2010. But, i think he will not play the third test due to injury”, Badrinath said.
When asked about the match winners for India in the third test Badrinath said that both his Chennai team-mates Ravichandran Ashwin and Murali Vijay are capable of winning matches for India in test cricket. “Both Ashwin and Vijay have excelled in their respective talents over the years. Ashwin will be the key for India in the third test with his spin. He has various options to bowl. On the other hand, Vijay can stay at the crease for a longer time and play an anchor role to set the Indian innings, the CricBuzz reported.