South Africa`s impressive depth was underlined in their emphatic World Cup win over West Indies on Friday and with paceman Vernon Philander and JP Duminy out injured, the Proteas will again rely on their "bench" to shine against Ireland.
Vernon Philander`s hamstring injury will not only upset the balance of South Africa`s attack against West Indies but also test their pace bowling depth when the two sides clash in their World Cup Pool B match in Sydney on Friday.
Call it by fate or by design, Mahendra Singh Dhoni probably shares a different kind of bonding with the Melbourne Cricket Ground as it was again evident today, a day before India's second group league encounter against South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev feels that India's top-order batsmen need to take more responsibility for the team to win against South Africa, who have a potent bowling attack led by the dangerous Dale Steyn.
Buoyed by their overwhelming victory against arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening game, India will aim to turn the tables when they meet a formidable South Africa in the cricket World Cup, here on Sunday.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers believes the pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for Sunday`s World Cup clash against defending champions India will not favour his fast bowlers, saying batsmen should revel on it.
India might have begun their World Cup campaign with a morale-boosting win over Pakistan but former Protea batsman Jonty Rhodes feels that South Africa are a better all-round side and tipped them to win their high-profile clash against the defending champions in Melbourne on Sunday.
There won't be any respite for the Indian batsmen as South Africa's numero uno fast bowler Dale Steyn looked fit and set to go out all guns blazing at Virat Kohli and Co, when the two teams meet in the cricket World Cup group league match here on Sunday.