Former South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel believes it is going to be a tough sequence for Proteas after they tackle India in the upcoming three-match ODI sequence beginning Thursday. The two groups are scheduled to play matches in Dharamsala, Lucknow and Kolkata respectively and Morkel feels South African gamers may have their work reduce out as beating India in India virtually an inconceivable job.
The Proteas are coming into the sequence on again of a resounding 3-zero whitewash of Australia in ODIs, nonetheless, Morkel nonetheless stays not sure of their probabilities towards Virat Kohli and his troops.
“It was sort of a mixed summer before the new coaching staff took over,” Morkel was quoted as saying by Sportstar. “Obviously, they had a fantastic win against Australia in the ODI series, after losing the T20 series badly. So, I’m unsure.”
“Even if a team is in top form, beating India in India is almost an impossible task. It’s going be a tough series for them, but I do expect them to at least compete. India will win it 2-1, but South Africa should compete, especially now that they have the confidence after the series against Australia,” he added.
Hardik Pandya’s eagerly-awaited worldwide comeback provides a lot of context to India’s marketing campaign towards South Africa the place the hosts would be aiming to place the ‘New Zealand Nightmare’ behind them.
Pandya final performed an ODI towards New Zealand in the World Cup semi-remaining in Manchester and his final worldwide recreation was a T20 towards the Proteas in Bengaluru in September final yr.
Skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri has spoken brazenly about ODIs being least of precedence in a World T20 yr. But his males can unwell-afford to lose one other sequence towards an inexperienced South African aspect which is buoyed after crushing Australia in their very own den.
Especially having misplaced 5 worldwide video games (two Tests included) on trot, the Indian skipper, enduring one in every of his rarest of uncommon dangerous patches in final six years will be eager to buck the development.
((With PTI Inputs))