Harbhajan Singh backs India to win series-deciding third Test against South Africa

"The Indian team is way too strong for South Africa," says Harbhajan ahead of the third Test on January 11

By Web Desk
January 09, 2022
Harbhajan Singh. --AFP/File

Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh thinks that the Virat Kohli-led side may well win the series-deciding third Test against South Africa in Cape Town and clinch their first-ever Test series triumph in the Proteas nation because of the fast-bowling quality they have with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. 

Harbhajan, as quoted by Hindustan Times, said: "When we toured or any other team toured we never had the luxury of four fast bowlers to bowl at 145 on those pitches and now Team India is full of fast bowlers. They have quality fast bowlers Shami, Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur. They are top-class bowlers."

"Had India had those sort of bowlers been there earlier then India would have achieved this feat much earlier than now. So, yes it is a great opportunity for India to win the series in South Africa and I hope they do so and in the last game. South Africa played better. They went on to win the game. I think overall Team India in Cape Town will be on top of their game and they will win the series there and that is what I feel," he added.

He also compared the previous Proteas' team to the current one and stated:  "South Africa those days were a very different team and a very strong team and honestly with this South African team with all due respect I don't think they have that, they don't have it in them to beat India." 

"The Indian team is way too strong for South Africa, and the day they were leaving for South Africa, I said this is India's best chance to beat South Africa in their backyard because the quality of batting in the South African team is not there," Harbhajan said while backing India to win the last Test as well as the first-ever Test series in South Africa.