India and South Africa will head to Cape Town to play the series-decider fixture of the three-match Test series in South Africa.
India breached South Africa’s fortress in Centurion as they registered a clinical victory of 113 runs. Before India’s win, the South Africans had just suffered two losses at the SuperSport Park.
In response to India’s 1-0 lead, the Dean Elgar-led Proteas halted their opponents’ unbeaten run at the Wanderers in Johannesburg with an emphatic seven-wicket win to level the series 1-1.
South Africa have definitely put India under pressure: Ashish Nehra
Former Indian pace bowler Ashish Nehra feels that the visitors will be under the pressure after losing the Johannesburg Test to Elgar & co.
“You will always feel the pressure till the time you are playing international cricket. But if I have to choose one specific team, I would say India will be feeling more pressure,” Nehra said on Cricbuzz.
“The fact that they were leading 1-0 and the way South Africa chased 240 in testing conditions, they have definitely put India under pressure,” he added.
I would go with Ishant Sharma for his experience: Ashish Nehra
On the eve of the third Test in Cape Town, Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli confirmed that Mohammed Siraj won’t play the third Test owing to a hamstring injury.
The chances for senior bowler Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have opened up to be included in the playing XI of the Cape Town Test. Nehra feels that Ishant could pip Umesh considering his experience of playing Test cricket.
“When they have two players with experience of 50 and 100 Test matches, the captain and coach would be a bit relaxed. On the previous 2 pitches, there was excess bounce for tall fast bowlers. It will be interesting to see whom they select [Ishant or Umesh],” Nehra mentioned.
“Ishant can give longer spells, which was acknowledged by Rahul Dravid as well; whereas Umesh can help with conventional out-swingers. So it will be a hard call to make.”
“If I am supposed to select one of the two, I have not seen them bowling in the nets recently. It is a very important factor for selection. But I would go with Ishant Sharma for his experience,” he added.
India will play against South Africa in the third Test at the Newlands in Cape Town, the match begins on January 11 (Tuesday).