With India to begin a crucial second Test against a formidable South African side, former Indian captain and one of the country's most successful skippers Sourav Ganguly, has some words of wisdom. The left-handed batsman is of the opinion that Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, will hold the key to India's chances of staging a fightback in the series.
"A lot will depend on the Zaheer factor to win the Durban Test. Toss will also play a crucial role in Durban. But we need to bat consistently. I strongly hope that India will bounce back," Ganguly said.
A hamstring injury ruled the left-arm speedster out of the first Test at Centurion in which the visiting side was walloped by an innings and 25 runs.
Down 0-1 after the first of the three-match series, India will have to win the Durban Test beginning Sunday to keep the series alive for the final on in Cape Town from January 2.
Ganguly believes that Zaheer is the only bowler in the Indian side who has come close to mastering the art of speed-variation and that his slower ball can be an effective weapon. But the Bengal player also opines that Zaheer will have to show the way to the other pacers, by maintaining a tight line and length and putting the pressure squarely on the opposition's batsmen.