- Top order needs to play new ball
The Indian team has 3 top order opening batsmen in the squad. Murali Vijay who has a good record in South Africa is a certainty with his ability to leave outgoing balls and play according to the merit of the ball. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul are other two openers with sound basics and experience to face bouncers and pace bowling. The Indian openers are expected to be troubled by Rabada, and manage to face Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Philander who are top quality pace bowlers.
If the openers can give a solid start by playing first one hour to the Indian team, then the middle order can help to post competitive totals.