Tendulkar picks Tahir as one to watch


Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has commented on the quality of the South African side who will tour that country during October.

The Proteas face India in three T20 matches and five ODI’s between October 2 and 25, and the home side’s former captain believes the tourists will be tough opposition.

"AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are strong players, and don't forget Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel," Tendulkar told ESPN Cricinfo.

"Then when you talk about the googly, Imran Tahir is one of the good bowlers. We have to play against him properly. Possibly he can be one of the leading bowlers."  

Tendulkar, who scored 1453 runs in his 40 ODI appearances against the Proteas, added that the sides were well matched.

"I think the Indian team is fantastic. They are extremely talented and committed,” he said.

“A lot of things are said about the players but I know them very closely, and when it comes to cricket there are no shortcuts. The guys are committed.

"It will be an exciting series. The Test series is something I am looking forward to. Great team balance, both sides of the fence.

“The visiting South African team is a quality side, I never played against a South Africa side which I can say is just an okay side. They are always a strong side and it is no different right now."

South Africa and India will also face off in four Test matches, with the first starting on November 5 and the last starting on December 3.