India will be facing South Africa in less than a month's time and they will have to be at their best in order to overpower the Proteas. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly felt that the upcoming series against South Africa will not be a cakewalk for the home side.
Ganguly is aware of the fact that South Africa have not lost a Test series since 2006 in the overseas and stated that India should be well aware of that.
Proteas's record away from home, have made the teams across the world to look up to them with respect. Thus, they are sitting right at the top of the ICC Test rankings.
The energy-sapping series will be tougher than the recently concluded Sri Lanka series, felt the former Indian skipper. "The series versus South Africa will be tougher than the one against Sri Lanka. Their away record is impeccable. My reading is that they will play with three seamers and one spinner. If Jacques Kallis was still around, then there would have been a possibility of South Africa playing two spinners. But now I think it will be Imran Tahir only. You should also not forget the fact that JP Duminy is not a bad spinner. If things do not go their way, (Test captain Hashim) Amla can always throw the ball to Duminy," Ganguly was quoted as saying by telegraphindia.com.
Ganguly especially mentioned the name of Proteas leggie Imran Tahir. He felt that Tahir will be playing a major role in the series against India in the sub-continent. Tahir has not done that well in the longer format of the game. But he can do wonders for the South Africa side in the Indian conditions. He just will have to stay focused with his line and length as the Proteas are also aware that the Indian batsmen are also one of the better players of spin bowling and that too in their own backyard.
"He can turn the ball and is very accurate. He will be the most effective in Indian conditions," Ganguly added about Tahir.