Ex-Pak batsman believes India vs South Africa series ‘will be a tough one’ for the hosts

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India and South Africa are set to lock horns in a three-match T20I series. The Men in Blue are coming off a 2-1 T20I series victory against Australia and they will try to replicate the same against the Proteas. Ahead of the highly-anticipated series, the former Pakistan captain Salman Butt reckoned that the impending between India and South Africa is going to be a tough one for the hosts.

South Africa could be tough opponents for India

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Speaking on his YouTube channel, he suggested that if the Proteas field their full-strength side, they could provide a significant challenge to the Men in Blue. The 37-year-old opined that the T20I encounters against Australia and South Africa will benefit Rohit Sharma and Co. on the road to the 2022 T20 World Cup.

He explained:

“India’s upcoming series against South Africa will be a tough one. It will be a highly contested series if South Africa play their full-strength team. It will be an ideal way to prepare for the T20 World Cup because of the strong bowling lineups. Both Australia and South Africa are among the top bowling lineups in the world.”

The former Pakistan opener also noted how Men in Blue have failed to prepare such tracks in their ongoing seven-match home T20I series against England. He added:

“India prepared good pitches for their series against Australia, and there was a lot of bounce on offer. There was a nice carry to the keeper, and he was collecting the ball above his waist.

“They made pitches that had good pace and bounce, and that is closer to the type of cricket they might get in Australia. While the Pakistani pitches were also good, they didn’t have enough pace and bounce.”

India and South Africa will lock horns in three T20I and as many ODIs in September and October. The opening encounter of the T20I series will be played on Wednesday, September 28, in Thiruvananthapuram.

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