India have already clinched the four-match Test series against South Africa after winning the first and third Test in Mohali and Nagpur respectively. India were rampant in both the Test matches as their spinners, who were assisted by the spin-friendly track, troubled the visitors with their bowling.
Both the teams -- South Africa even more -- have struggled with the bat in the series; owing to the pitches being too spin friendly, hence the tracks have come under scrutiny as well. The pitch has been a major talking point in the Test series.
The main focus in the fourth Test match between India and South Africa, which is scheduled to be played at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Thursday, will once again be in the 22 yards of strip that will be prepared for the last match of the tour.
South Africa, who possess a potent fast bowling unit, have not got any track in the Test series, which assisted their seamers and the Feroz Shah Kotla track in Delhi is also not going to please them much. Though the track in Delhi provide help to the seamers in the domestic circuit, it is not going to be the same for the international Test match in Delhi.
"It will not be a pacer-friendly green top wicket. During Delhi's Ranji matches, wickets were pacer friendly but here it won't be like that. But I can assure you that we will produce a good Test match wicket," PTI quoted DDCA's working president Chetan Chauhan as saying.
Chauhan has already met the pitch curator Daljeet Singh, though, the president did not divulge information as to what transpired during their meet.
"I had a meeting with Daljeet but it would not be fair on my part to divulge the details of my discussion with Daljeet," said Chauhan.
With the home team always having an advantage over the conditions, it will come to us as no surprise if the fourth Test match pitch is similar to that of the first and third Test, which saw India dominate with their quality spinners.
If, as expected, the Feroz Shah Kotla track helps the spinners, South Africa, who must be prepared for another turning track, batsmen need to apply themselves more at the batting crease and score runs in order to make a match out of it. Else, India might once again run through the South Africa batting line up and the Test match can end within the first three days.