‘South Africa don’t have what it takes to beat them’ – Harbhajan Singh predicts India to clinch Test series in Cape Town
India and South Africa will play the third Test match in Cape Town on January 11.
Updated - Jan 9, 2022 5:51 pm
India and South Africa will battle it out for one last time in Cape Town on January 11 in the third Test. The Indian bowlers dominated the South African batting unit during the first Test to clinch a victory by a margin of 113 runs. However, the Proteas batter outsmarted the Indian bowlers in the second Test and won the match by seven wickets.
With the series evenly poised, the third Test will be crucial for both teams. The Indian unit has never won a Test series in South Africa and has the golden opportunity to improve the records. India has also never won a Test match in Cape Town and that might be a factor that will play on their minds in the final game.
Meanwhile, former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh believes that the Indian team might be able to win the next Test match because of the bowling attack. He also mentioned that the Indian team never had a set of four fast bowlers who could bowl at 145 kmph. He feels that the Indian team will be at their level best in Cape Town and will win the series.
“When we toured or any other team toured we never had the luxury of four fast bowlers to bowl at 145 on those pitches and now Team India is full of fast bowlers. They have quality fast bowlers Shami, Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur. They are top class bowlers,” Harbhajan said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
“Had India had those sort of bowlers been there earlier then India would have achieved this feat much earlier than now. So, yes it is a great opportunity for India to win the series in South Africa and I hope they do so and in the last game. South Africa played better. They went on to win the game. I think overall Team India in Cape Town will be on top of their game and they will win the series there and that is what I feel,” he added.
The Indian team is way too strong for South Africa: Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan also said that the South African once had the luxury of a strong batting unit. But, the current South African batters are less experienced and hence, it will be difficult for the Proteas to defeat India.
“South Africa those days were a very different team and very strong team and honestly with this South African team with all due respect I don’t think they have that, they don’t have it in them to beat India. The Indian team is way too strong for South Africa, and the day they were leaving for South Africa, I said this is India’s best chance to beat South Africa in their backyard because the quality of batting in the South African team is not there,” he said.