India is in incredible form and we can expect a blockbuster match, says Graeme Smith
LUCKNOW, INDIA - OCTOBER 29: Kuldeep Yadav of India celebrates the wicket of Liam Livingstone of England during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup India 2023 between India and England at BRSABVE Cricket Stadium on October 29, 2023 in Lucknow, India. (Photo by Matt Roberts-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Team India will take on South Africa on November 5, Sunday at Eden Gardens. Many cricketing experts and fans expect this match to be a blockbuster one and an exciting thriller as both teams have been in superb form right from the start of the World Cup tournament. India, with their all-round game, and South Africa, with their power-hitting, are the top two teams in the league table after six rounds.

Former South African captain Graeme Smith feels the game would be memorable for the players. India has been incredible in this tournament. I am hoping that by the time we get there, it will be a top of the table clash. I haven’t played India at Eden Gardens but the atmosphere, pitch, vibe, and atmosphere all are incredible. It’s going to be an occasion to remember for this South African team, Smith stated.

Everyone had expectations that India would do well and I think they have handled the expectations of handling a home World Cup well. Also, that Rohit Sharma (398 runs at 66.33) and Virat Kohli (355 runs at 88.50) have had big tournaments is important to them, he added.

The injury to Hardik Pandya messes with the balance but the bowling is standout. Lots of attacking weapons, they have three seamers who can take wickets. Bumrah is back to his best. The two spinners have been outstanding. It’s been a batter-dominated tournament with lots of high scores, but India have had five bowlers who can pick wickets at any time which is an asset to control teams, Smith concluded.

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