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5 critical factors that will help South Africa beat India

The India-South Africa series will commence on 5th January, 2018

Top 5 / Top 10 02 Jan 2018, 12:00 IST

New Zealand v South Africa - 1st Test: Day 3
Kagiso Rabada will need to take charge of the Proteas' bowling attack

South Africa has always been one of the strongest Test teams around. To highlight this, since 2015, South Africa has had impressive wins against just about everyone, including overseas wins against Australia and New Zealand.

Their record over their last 10 Test series reads 6 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. One of those losses however came against India. Not only did India beat South Africa, but they won comprehensively by beating them 3-0 in a four Test match series. It can therefore be argued as to who begins as favourites for the upcoming series. However if they are to successfully win another home Test series the following needs to go right for them.

Kagiso Rabada has to lead the attack

In the 2015 tour of India Rabada was relatively new to Test cricket and did not have a memorable test series.

However, with 57 wickets at an average of 20.28 in 2017, Rabada has clearly emerged as one of the best test bowlers since then. His accomplishments in 2017 have him currently ranked no. 2 in the ICC player rankings.

On quick seamer-friendly South Africa pitches, Rabada needs to not only continue his excellent form but also lead the strong South African bowling unit. With Rabada’s sheer pace and attacking style of bowling he is a key factor for South Africa if they are to beat India.

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