Ganguly: SA attack potent enough
The former India captain is guarding against complacency and says the visitors still have a potent bowling line-up even without Andre Nel & Pollock.cricket Updated: Apr 05, 2008 13:13 IST
Aggressive pacer Andre Nel and retired all-rounder Shaun Pollock may be missing from the South African attack, but former India captain Sourav Ganguly is guarding against complacency and says the visitors still have a potent bowling line-up.
While Pollock has quit the game, Nel was dropped to accommodate Charl Langeveldt as part of the Cricket South Africa's transformation policy, even though Langeveldt later opted out citing he did not want to be in the squad as a quota player.
In such a situation, South Africa would rely heavily on speedster Dale Steyn to spearhead the attack with Makhaya Ntini and Morne Morkel providing him the required support.
"I think they still have a good bowling attack," Ganguly told CNN-IBN. "Steyn has been in good form, young Morkel looks a good bowler. He will hit the deck hard, so they have a decent attack," said the former captain.
The Indian attack also looks formidable and Ganguly said with youngsters ready to step in, the side was hardly affected by injuries to key pacers.
"The best thing in the last few months has been that whenever somebody has been injured, somebody else stood up and delivered," he said.
"When we went to Australia, lot of people thought we had a pretty inexperienced attack. But Ishant (Sharma) lifted his game and turned out to be the find of the tour. Sreesanth has been a very good Test bowler, RP (Singh) has been successful, so was Irfan (Pathan). It's a good thing for Indian cricket that inspite of injuries there have been bowlers who stood up and delivered," he said.
With 6,429 Test runs under his belt, Ganguly would not be low on motivation in the three-match series as the 7000-run club beckons but the left-hander insisted it would not be a distraction for him.
"I'm looking forward to it but if I play well, it's going to come to me. So I'll focus on playing well," he said.