The ongoing test series between South Africa and India is the epicenter of the World Cricket today. The two teams are undoubtedly the best teams in the world. The first Test at the Cape Town saw some absolutely stunning bowling from both the camps.
Former South African Captain Graeme Smith said he was impressed with Jasprit Bumrah and he too would’ve picked Jasprit Bumrah as he has variations and pace. Bumrah gave an impressive performance in the Cape Town, particularly in the second innings where he picked 3 wickets.
Extra Batsman is the right pick, says Smith
Speaking exclusively in an interview with ESPNcricinfo, the former South African captain said South Africa should play one extra batsman as the runs will be crucial in the upcoming tests. “I think South Africa will be debating playing the spinner, going to the rest of the series they will be debating whether to play spinner or go with the extra batter. They have got two all-rounders in the squad, they have Chris Morris and they just brought in Lungisani Ngidi and Duanne Olivier. I would like to pick extra batting option as the pitches will have extra pace and bounce, I will rather have an extra batsman,” said Graeme Smith.
I would pick Jasprit Bumrah, says former South African Captain
When asked about the type of bowlers India picked for the first Test in Cape Town, particularly Jasprit Bumrah whose selection surprised many, Smith said he was impressed by his performance. “I would pick Bumrah, I like him a lot. He is different, he has got good pace and different angle he creates, he is also a good option against left-handed batsman,” added former Proteas Captain.
Although Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India splendid start in the first innings, picking 3 South African wickets with just 12 runs on board, former skipper said it still remains to be seen if Bhuvi will be as good once the ball gets old. “The one question I would say is on Bhuvi, really good with the new ball but if he doesn’t strike with the new ball, is he going to be effective in South Africa?” further quoted Graeme Smith.
On the possible outcome of the series
On asked about his predictions on the series, Smith said he has to say South Africa is going to win. “I said before the series South Africa is going to win 2-0, with these conditions and outstanding bowling attack and outstanding team with 4 quick bowlers who can bowl 145+ easily, that is too much firepower for any opponent,” concluded Smith.