Former India opener and Captain Kris Srikkanth has taken a dig at the South African fast bowlers, as India got the upper hand before the lunch break.
In his column for Times of India, Srikkanth wrote "Contrary to what is being said, I don't think this South African attack is menacing. They have a good attack and know how to use the conditions to their advantage, but that is something you expect from most top teams."
"Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn are past their prime and are no longer the pacemen who can bounce batsman out. "Rabada and Philander can be negotiated and there is enough batting in the Indian rank to handle that threat. The pressure won't be sustained and there will be periods of play where the batsmen can score freely. It would also depend on how India start the series," wrote the 58-year-old.
The quartet of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada has taken 976 wickets, in 235 combined Test matches.
Srikkanth backed Virat Kohli’s idea of dragging South Africa out of their comfort zone. India is looking for their first Test series win despite touring the rainbow nation since 1992. Srikkanth, who played 43 Tests and 146 ODIs, had topscored in the 1983 World Cup finals against West Indies; helping India win the tournament.
“This is India's best chance to win a Test series in South Africa. In Vijay, Kohli, Rahane the visitors boast a strong top order, which has tasted success in these conditions. The true bounce and pace of the wicket in Cape Town should suit KL Rahul's style of play. Generally, Indian batsmen like the ball coming onto the bat and if the new ball threat is staved of, they could be in for a treat," he wrote.
He continued, “This current lot under Kohli is a confident lot and there is no fear of failure. They play to win and it will be interesting to see how they approach tough periods of play and how well they can mix caution and aggression."
He ended his column writing, "In a country where they returns have not been great, now is an opportunity to set the record straight. A potential new-ball department and a set of solid batsmen should push South Africa out of their comfort zone. A good time for Kohli and company to hand their fans a perfect new year gift."