Amit Kumar

Saturday will be a tough test for Team India, when they arrive to face the high weighed Proteas at Vidharbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur.

Dhoni should not take the Proteas casually like the minnows Irish or Dutch as they can play back any point of time. 
Nagpur is going to be crucial for South Africans for paving their way to quarters.

India have already stormed into quarter finals after thrashing minnows Dutch, it’s time to do a high octane encounter for Dhoni and Company.

India started their campaign nicely against Bangladesh, tied in a heroic clash against England and then had consecutive wins against Ireland and Netherlands.

With an all round performance against Dutch, everyone must be eyeing to see a recap from Yuvraj Singh.

If we talk about head to head fights between India and South Africa, these two teams have contested 65 matches, out of which India have won 24 and SA have bagged 39 wins in their pocket and two were tied. Though, the winning percentage is in Proteas court, but in world cup games India have played two fixtures with South Africa, and got defeated both the times.

In the batting line up, AB de Villiers (266 runs), Virender Sehwag (254), Sachin Tendulkar (213) and Hashim Amla (169) all feature in the top 12 run scorers so far in the ongoing WC.

Still the bowling is the main concern for Team India and has not yet improved.

Zaheer Khan has taken 11 wickets and has been supported by Yuvraj Singh and Munaf Patel, with seven wickets each. For the South African bowlers, the support has come from Dale Steyn and Robin Peterson who have five wickets apiece.

‘Turbunator’ Harbhajan Singh is 46th in the list of all World Cup bowlers in terms of wickets and has the best economy rate (4.41), therefore some magic can be expected from him at Nagpur.

Pitch Report: Nagpur pitch is considered to be batting friendly, therefore toss will be deciding factor. If Dhoni wins the toss then he should opt for batting and set a healthy totally for rivals.

Star players: The team has devastating opening batsmen—Virender Sehwag and master blaster Sachin Tendulkar—who can give a massive opening start to the team.

Yuvi, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir can play crucial role in the middle order and can give strength to acquire a burly score for team.

Yusuf Pathan, may play a vital role and has the ability to take the modest run rate to a muscular one.

Dhoni can take the help of experienced Bhajji and young turner R Ashwin, who will get good turn on the pitch and can trouble the batsmen.

Dhoni should also try Ashwin instead of Chawla, who was not proved as a successful customer in the World Cup campaign.

Besides, the team has the advantage of having part-time spinners like Yusuf Pathan and Yuvraj who make the possibilities of taking wickets.

The Nagpur wicket tends to offer the pacers a bit of help and India will be inclined to go in with three pacers. Young R Ashwin may have a chance to play if Dhoni replaces him with struggling Piyush Chawla.


India(Possible): Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Ashish Nehra

South Africa(Possible): Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Jean Paul Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Morne van Wyk, Robin Peterson,Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel,Lonwabo Tsotsobe