India currently are 3-1 up in 6-ODI series © AFP
India currently are 3-1 up in 6-ODI series © AFP

South Africa may be have beaten India in the fourth ODI at Johannesburg, but Kepler Wessels believes that Virat Kohli’s side will be a competitive one going ahead. According to Wessels, India are not direct favourites but will be the team to beat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

According to an interview to Times of India, Wessels said: “I wouldn’t say favourites, but they (India) will be very competitive. Barring injuries to key players, it’s looking good for them. They will be difficult to beat.”

He further went on to add, “I think that they’ve got a totally different team, a totally different arsenal. They have introduced the two legspinners which has totally confused the SA set-up. I think that India’s One-Day team at the moment is very good.”

Wessels praised India’s pace attack, saying: “Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) swings it nicely, Bumrah hits the pitch hard. He can also bowl some nice yorkers and quick bouncers. So, that has been a big plus as far as Indian cricket is concerned… the fact that they now have fast bowlers who can take wickets abroad.”

India are one win away from clinching their first-ever series win against South Africa in South Africa.