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India should play SA on turning tracks: Kapil

cricket Updated: Jan 30, 2010 20:09 IST

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India should play South Africa on turning tracks in the forthcoming two-match home Test series rather than playing on pace-friendly pitches, feels former captain Kapil Dev.

Observing that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men don't possess a formidable fast bowling line-up, except for left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan, Kapil said India should rely on their spin department in the home series.

"Our strength is spin bowling and the wickets for the upcoming two Tests have to be prepared accordingly. Also, we don't have a quality pacer other than Zaheer Khan right now who can make an impact," Kapil said.

"There is no point in having a pitch, which assists fast bowlers more than the spinners since South Africa has a much better pace attack in comparison to the hosts," Kapil said during a panel discussion on 'Aaj Tak'.

Nagpur will host the first Test commencing from February 6, followed by the second Test in Kolkata from February 14.

Kapil was also worried with lanky pacer Ishant Sharma's recent loss of form.

"Ishant's strength is his in-swinging delivery and if you lose your natural ability, then definitely, it is a cause for concern. Maybe batsmen have started reading him better now but he has to find ways to outwit them," Kapil observed.