South Africa so far in the test series against India, have had their major share of issues against spin bowling. The Proteas, who looked utterly dominant in the ODI’s and T20I’s, have struggled colossally against the Indian spinners on rank turners. If insiders are to be believed, then the pitch laid out in Nagpur, is set to amplify the worries of the South Africans.
The wicket in Nagpur is bound to assist the spinners from the very first day, and in all probability, another spin test awaits South Africa. An official close to Vidarbha cricket was quoted saying, “Of course, it’s not that Mohali pitch But it’s no less.”
“It will turn, surely. It will not be too different from the pitches we have seen so far in the series. India will have the home advantage,” Amar Karlekar, the Vidarbha Cricket Association curator said on Sunday. Adding about the pitch used in the Ranji Trophy, he said, “The Assam match was played on this very surface. Vidarbha team management wanted a pitch to help their spinners. I too wanted to see how it turns out. We won that game and we have all seen how the pitch behaved.”
“It’s a pitch where a skipper can go with three spinners and a lone pacer. It will be dry and will help spinners right from the start. The only assistance on offer for the pacers will be the reverse swing,” said another official close to the curator.