AB De Villiers: There is no doubt AB de Villiers can turn things around single-handedly. Thanks to his ability to play shots all around the park. De Villiers is also in sublime form and in the recently concluded ODI series he slammed three centuries. Virat Kohli would not want De Villers to carry his form into Tests.
South Africa’s pace attack will be led by Dale Steyn and despite losing some ground to Kagiso Rabada in the recently concluded ODI series, Steyn is Amla’s go to man provided that the experience he has bowling on the docile Indian pitches. Remember, Nagpur, 2010?
Morkel can extract enough bounce off the pitches thanks to his height. He is one of those who hits the deck hard and use that trait to his advantage. With Mohali pitch one of the liveliest in the country, Morkel, provided he is fit, would like to make the most of it and carry the good form forward.
South Africa’s Test captain has got the full backing of his coach Ruseell Domingo in a situation where he is yet to score a half-century since World Cup 2015 in ODI cricket. According to Domingo, a century is ‘just around the corner’ for Amla and he has all the ability to prove the prophecy right. Having an excellent foot work, laced with a solid defence, Amla can be India’s nemesis if he is let off.
South Afica’s answer to Ravichandran Ashwin, Tahir has been in South Africa’s team for long enough now. After an awful start to the India tour in Dharamsala, Tahir came back well into the series. Tahir’s leg spin can be the ex-factor when South Africa take play on wickets with assistance for slower bowlers.