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MUMBAI:Sachin Tendulkar believes Lahore-born South African leg-spin googly bowler Imran Tahir can become the leading bowler in the four-Test Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series to be played at Mohali, Bangalore, Nagpur and New Delhi in November-December.At a promotional event here on Friday when mobile payment solutions company Oxigen named the legendary cricketer as its brand ambassador, Tendulkar said that A.B. de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Dale Styen and Morne Morkel would be the players to look out for, but added that the 36-year-old Tahir would be more interesting.Tahir has played one Test against India at the Wanderers in 2013 and his two wickets came at an expensive 58 runs apiece and in 16 Test matches he has taken 43 wickets at 46.40.“Tahir is a good bowler and we have to play him properly; he could be one of the leading bowlers in the series. The Indian team is fantastic talent-wise. I know a lot of things are said about the players. There are no short cuts for the team; the guys are committed. I am going to go a step further and say that this series is going to be exciting in Twenty20, One-Day Internationals and the Test matches, but I am looking forward to the Test series.“Both teams have great team balance. I have never played a South African team that was an okay side, they were always a strong side. There is no difference now,” Tendulkar said when compere, former India bowler Atul Wassan, threw him a few questions to field.Touching upon his experience against South Africa he said: “When South Africa came here in 1991 for the first time, it was an incredible experience. They could not believe playing in front of 100,000 spectators. When we went there in 1992, we received an incredible reception, taken on a parade in fancy convertibles. People lined up on both sides of the road; that was my first experience of South Africa. There was always something new to see in South Africa and one gets fascinated. It was difficult playing at high altitude venues like Johannesburg and Centurion. And talking about South Africa versus India matches, how can I forget the Hero Cup semifinal match, till the last ball no one knew what would happen.’’
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