14 December 2010 by Roy Barford

South Africa vs India: Exciting cricket ahead

The pitting of South Africa’s fierce fast bowlers against India’s flamboyant batsmen is perhaps the most exciting prospect of the upcoming series between the 2 great cricketing nations.

Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir all average above 50 in test cricket and the likes of Dale Steyn and Morné Morkel will have to work hard for these wickets. The bouncy South African pitches are sure to assist the local quickies in their quest, however.

Tendulkar is international cricket’s top-scoring batsman by some way and has 2 decades of experience at the highest level. This could be his last tour to South Africa, so make sure you take time to watch “the Little Master” bat.

Sehwag almost always scores at a rate faster than 1 run per ball in every form of the game, and is perhaps the most exciting batsman in the world today. Remember his 319 off 304 balls against South Africa in Chenai 2 years ago?

The tour commemorates 150 years since Indian immigrants first arrived in South Africa. There are more Indian descendants in Durban today than any other city outside India, which will add some spice to the Boxing Day test, as well as the 2 limited-over matches in the sunny city.

The first test starts at SuperSport Park in Pretoria on December 16, with the roadshow moving to Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on December 26. The third and final test will be played at Newlands in Cape Town from January 2, 2011.

The teams will also play a T20 international at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, as well as 5 one-day internationals around South Africa. For a full list of fixtures and information about tickets, visit the Cricket South Africa website.

The above photo of Hashim Amla shaking hands with Sachin Tendulkar is courtesy of iVinay.

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