New Delhi: South Africa coach Ottis Gibson reckons India will be a tough opponent to beat in the upcoming three-match Test series. Gibson feels India is prepared this time around and have some word-class players in their ranks.
“They are currently ranked number one and they’ve got a lot of world-class players and world-class players aren’t just world class in their own backyards,” Gibson told the media in Cape Town.
“They’re a very good team and I think they will travel a lot better now. We know for sure that it is going to be a tough series. I don’t think you’re going to see them fold as much as they may have done in the past,” he added.
The wicket for the first Test — which begins here on January 5 — showing a distinct green tinge and fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel set to take the field for South Africa, Gibson hoped that the hosts will be able to enjoy the upper hand.
“I’m not expecting it to change too much between now and Friday,” the Proteas coach said when asked about the wicket.
(With IANS inputs)