Last Update on: December 24th, 2021 at 12:21 pm
Former South Africa pacer Makhaya Ntini feels South Africa have enough resources to keep Team India at bay in their home conditions. The two teams will go head to head for a three-match Test series and Ntini is expecting to see some good cricket.
South Africa have some major absentees in their batting line-up from the last series against India at home. Although the likes of Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers have retired, Ntini still has faith in the other experienced batsmen like Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and Quinton de Kock.
“We have the likes of (captain) Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma, who have the ability to dig in and score big runs and I also like the way that Rassie (van der Dussen) has come in and grown in that team. Then we also have a guy like Quinny (de Kock), who we know will not hold back. He will play his natural game. In a nutshell, he feels South Africa will maintain their winning streak at home,” Makhaya Ntini said.
In their bowling, the Proteas have the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi and Ntini feels they will cause enough problems for the Indian batsmen. This is what he had to say in this regard:
“Then when it comes to our bowling attack, we have a settled unit and one that can definitely put India under pressure. We still have that stranglehold over them because they’ve never won here and I don’t think that will change. It will mean a lot if we can win, but I’m hoping to see some good cricket.”
South Africa will back themselves because of home advantage: Makhaya Ntini
Makhaya Ntini accepted that India have a very potent pace attack and have generally done well away from home in the past four years. However, he also believes that South Africa will be confident as they are playing at home, which gives them a good chance of beating India.
“India have a very good bowling attack this time around, but the Proteas know the South African conditions better. This for me will be key. We have to back ourselves because we have that home advantage. Our players know the wickets very well and that will give us the edge,” Makhaya Ntini concluded.
The first Test will be played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion from December 26.