After an utterly pulsating test series between the best two test teams in the world, we now move into the shorter version the game. This will all start with a once off T20 international at the brilliant Moses Mabhida Stadium which saw one of the Fifa World Cup 2010 semi-finals between Spain and Germany. After this once in a lifetime T20 International, we move to five One Day Internationals which will be played all around South Africa.
All the action will kick off on 9 January at the Moses Mabhida Stadium with what will be a guaranteed packed stadium with Durban already buzzing with excitement anticipating what is not only a cricket game but a concert and a farewell to a South African cricket legend, Makhaya Ntini. Although a few of South Africa’s top players will not be involved including Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn, the match should still be an absolute cracker and should be a huge spectacle for world cricket. As for the concert, it will be a dream for anyone that follows Bollywood, as stars such as Shahrukh Khan along with many other stars will be performing after the game.
Following the T20 international in Durban will be an ODI in next door to Moses Mabhida at Sahara Park Kingsmead marking the opening of the series. After their impressive comeback win in the 2nd test, India, will be confident of another first-class performance in a city with the greatest Indian contingent of support. After the Durban ODI the series moves to ‘The Bull Ring’ in Johannesburg to continue the battle at a venue that the Proteas just love and on a pitch that should suit the South African bowlers. The conflict then descends upon Newland’s in Cape Town, probably the most picturesque ground in the world, where South Africa is nearly unbeatable in any form of the game. Following Cape Town the series moves to the most atmospheric and festive ground in the country, Port Elizabeth. This ODI may very well be the decisive ODI in the series with the pitch on the slow and low side which will definitely favour the Indians. The final instalment of the series will be at Supersport Park in Centurion. This is a memorable ground as the Proteas destroyed the Indians at it in the 1st test match.
Although some of the world’s best cricketers such as Jacques Kallis(with his hopping and skipping antiques in the final test, I think his injury will see him sit out this series), Virenda Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. This series will definitely provide some spectacular cricket along with some brilliant individual performances from the likes of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, AB De Villiers, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh. After the tight test series I expect the ODI series to be just as close with a few pivotal moments in each game deciding who walks away with the series win. All that is guaranteed is that the series will provide some amazing cricket between two of the top four teams on the ODI rankings.
Hope you enjoy this “HOT” series