It was in 2018 that the likes of Indian cricket fans were looking to see how Bumrah performs on the spicy, juicy pitches of South Africa. Bumrah debut in a test match in South Africa and hasn’t looked back since then. South African captain Dean Elgar is wary of Bumrah and believes that the Indian pacer has the capacity to exploit the South Africa pitches to the best.
In Elgar’s own words, “He’s a world-class bowler. If there is one bowler who could exploit South African conditions it could be him.” Elgar also believes that the Indian bowling side pretty checklists everything about quality bowling attach which has been evident from the away series win in Australia this year and then England where they are currently leading by 2 – 1 owing to their bowlers.
Elgar however warned that the battle will also be tough for the Indian batters as their bowlers are well-familiar with the conditions. “Hopefully we can use our own conditions as an advantage for us. It’s going to be tough, but it will also be tough for the Indian batters, to face our bowlers as well. I’d rather be sitting here knowing that, than be in the Indian dressing room knowing that they have to face our bowlers.” Elgar said
The tour is vitally important for Cricket South Africa than BCCI as they have borne financial losses of R221 million for the 2022/21 year. The Indian tour although cut short due to Covid Scare will still bring in around R600 million for Cricket South Africa. The matches however will be played without the fans as the decision was taken by both boards.
India will be looking to triumph on South African soil for the first time in the test series. The three-match Test series will start on the 26th of December and the ODI series will start from the 19th of January.