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Harbhajan Singh believes current South African squad not capable enough to beat India 2-1

The third Test is scheduled to start from January 11 in Cape Town and will be the series decider.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 9 January 2022 3:48 pm

Harbhajan Singh

Despite South Africa’s convincing win over India in second Test, Harbhajan Singh believes that the hosts do not have the ability to pose a big challenge to visitors in the third and final Test. Speaking on his YouTube channel, the former off-spinner said that, “I don’t think this South African team has the ability to beat India 2-1 there. I hope Team India will rock there.”

Harbhajan Singh also expressed the fact that he has high expectations from Rishabh Pant, and if the wicket-keeper batsman spends some time in crease and aim to tire the bowlers before attacking them, he will do well. “It seemed he was in a hurry while batting. I feel he can contribute more if he gives himself a little more time,” added Singh. Notably, Rishabh Pant faced criticism from all corners after he was out on a duck in the second innings of the second Test match. He danced down the track off the third delivery he faced from Kagiso Rabada, and was caught behind the wickets.

The legendary spinner also lauded hosts for bouncing back in the game and claiming a victory against “much stronger side.” According to Singh, team India were favorites before the match and had the match in their favor. “South Africa lacked experienced batting lineup but the way they batted while chasing in the second innings is commendable.”

Harbhajan also praised South Africa skipper Dean Elgar for his gritty match winning knock. “Their opener Elgar played an excellent knock. It was necessary for him to play till the end. If he had gotten dismissed, the result would probably have gone in India’s favor,” said Singh. Elgar played an unbeaten 96-run knock in South Africa’s second innings and held the fort from one side ensuring his side leveled the series 1-1.

Notably, the Indian team took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series by registering a convincing 113-run win in Centurion but failed to continue their unbeaten streak at the Wanderers, and lost the second Test by seven wickets. The third Test is scheduled to start from January 11 in Cape Town and will be the series decider.

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