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Shaun Pollock.
Shaun Pollock.

MUMBAI: Former South African skipper Shaun Pollock feels that the Indians have the edge in the third Test in Kanpur.

“The Kanpur wicket will be very flat and the Indians would have the upper hand,” said the 34-year-old all-rounder, who is all set to play for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, from Durban during a teleconference on Thursday.

Pollock praised the South African team for having done well so far in the series.

“They have played fantastic cricket and I don’t think they should do anything different from what they have been doing so far,” said the player who represented his country in 108 Tests and 303 ODIs before retiring in February.

Not my successor

Pollock described young pacer Dale Steyn as someone special, but not as his successor.

“I don’t see him as my successor (in leading the attack). He’s been hot property in the South African team. He has done a great job but I don’t see him as my successor,” Pollock said about the pace bowler who is set to play for the Bangalore team in the IPL.

Pollock said he was eager to play in the IPL as he would be mingling with players from all parts of the world.

“I am looking forward to the IPL. It’s a new experience for me, mingling with players from different countries as well as young local talent and see how they prepare for the matches,” said Pollock.

The all-rounder hoped that the Indian crowds, who back the home team and specifically Tendulkar, would lend their support to the Mumbai Indians squad owned by Reliance Industries.

“The Indian crowds are used to supporting the Indian team and Sachin. He’s got a lot of attention. And with him in the team, we should have a lot of support from the crowd,” he said.

Pollock said he planned to interact with Tendulkar once he reached Mumbai.

“I have not had the chance to talk to him. Once I reach India, there’s going to be at least a week before our first match to interact with him.

“I am not sure how his injury is going. Hopefully, he should be able to play from the first match,” he said.

Mumbai Indians will take on Bangalore Royal Challengers in its lung opener here on April 20.

Pollock brushed aside concerns that the hot weather that would be prevalent in this country during the April 18-June 1 IPL will bother him. — PTI

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