India knows spin friendly pitches needed to beat Proteas: Manjrekar
Former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out that the Indian cricket team knows that the only way they can defeat visitors South Africa is by creating a spin friendly pitch. India face South Africa in the third and penultimate Test in Nagpur from November 25 with a 1-0 lead after winning the first Test in Mohali by 108 runs and the second in Bengaluru being washed out.
In Nagpur, this first class cricket season saw spinners picking up 51 wickets while seamers claimed just 17 wickets so far. With the Indian team management preferring spin friendly pitches it remains to be seen how the association goes ahead with it. “India have got it totally that if they are to beat them (South Africa) here they have to beat them with spin and by making spin friendly pitches. And if that is the case I don’t see the visitors winning a Test here,” Manjrekar was quoted as saying by espncricinfo on Wednesday. “They (Proteas) don’t have the spinners like Monty Panesar or Graeme Swann to surprise the Indians. Their batsman also lack depth, except AB de Villiers, Amla and sometimes Dean Elgar. India will fancy the chances if they see ball spinning,” he added.