Sourav Ganguly    AFP
Sourav Ganguly AFP

Things are picking up pace as India gear up for their much-talked South Africa tour. Former players and critics of the game are all engrossed in giving out their expert views on India s preparedness going ahead. Sourav Ganguly too has put his hat in the ring, claiming that the current Indian attack is capable of picking wickets in South Africa.

On the sidelines of Bengal s semi-final clash at Pune, Ganguly said: “It won’t be easy, that much I can tell you. But yes, we have a good team this time. If the batsmen are able to put up runs on the board, this attack can pick the wickets.”

India are not playing any warm-up ties in South Africa that has been questioned by few.

Ganguly believes that playing a practice game will not add much to India’s chances in Test series. “Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay have all been to South Africa before. So, they have a good idea about the conditions there. And the best thing is that they are going back to South Africa as better players,” Ganguly said.

India, in their arsenal, have the likes of Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.