The South African team has faced a lot of problems in the test series so far as the Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra have bowled brilliantly and caused big problems for the South African batsmen.
The 35-year-old S Badrinath who have played a couple of seasons in Nagpur knows a lot about the conditions. He predicts challenging times ahead for the struggling South African batting line up in the Nagpur test.
Having seen the nature of Jamtha track for the last couple of years, the odds are certainly in favor of the Indian team. The track does not have too much bounce. As the game progresses the pitch will assist spinners more and more. Considering the weather in Nagpur, its difficult to make the wicket which provides the bounce. S Badrinath feels this track will test South African batsmen skills.
Badri said if Steyn does not get fit in time it would be even harder for the visitors as he has a great ability to reverse swing. The ball reverse swings in Nagpur and that’s one thing the Indian team should be aware of.
In the previous two test matches Ashwin and Jadeja were the main wicket takers. Ashwin has become a match winner especially in home conditions. Murali Vijay is providing stability to the top order. He is leaving the ball and knows where his off stump is. He is making the bowler bowling to his strength and also playing a lot of dot balls.
According to Badri Ashwin will be the key for the India again. If the bowl spins Ashwin, Jadeja and if they include Amit Mishra then it will become tougher for the South African batsmen who have not played spin well so far in test series.
The South Africa batsmen have to tackle spin well if they have to make come back in next test match and save the series.