India were stunned by South Africa in the second Test with hosts registering a seven-wicket win. Dean Elgar led from the front and came up with an unbeaten 96 to level the series 1-1. Virat Kohli had missed the Test with KL Rahul fulfilling the captain’s responsibility.
Former South African captain Shaun Pollock and India wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik named their respective favourites to clinch the series.
“I still believe India are frontrunners (for the Cape Town Test). The good thing is both teams look really good but I will put my hand up and say India are the frontrunners because their batting looks more solid and as per their bowling, Siraj not being fit was a problem…” Karthik said on Cricbuzz.
However, Pollock would wait to assess the conditions in Cape Town before naming his favourites.
“Conditions will dictate terms. We’ve seen different kinds of pitches in Cape Town… I do think experience wise India do hold the cards. A lot of their players have been here and performed well. They won’t be too worried about the form of a few of their individuals and South Africa would be wary about the mindset of India…” said Pollock.