Sunil Gavaskar felt that India’s dream of winning the first Test series in South Africa turned into a nightmare as they lost to South Africa 2-1 in the Test series. He also suggested that India should have faced Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami after lunch on the final day of the Cape Town Test.
South Africa won the recently concluded Test series by 2-1. The hosts won the Cape Town Test by seven wickets, securing a series victory. India were eyeing the first Test series win in South Africa but now they will have to look forward to their next tour of South Africa. Indi’s bowling has been good throughout the series and batting has disappointed them the most.
South Africa needed 111 runs on the final day with eight wickets in hand. Keegan Petersen led the charge for them scoring 82 runs on 113 balls. Reflecting on the defeat, the former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said India’s dream of winning the first round of testing in South Africa has turned into a nightmare. He also questioned the tactics used by Virat Kohli saying he should have bowled Jasprit bumrah and Mohammed shami after the lunch break.
“India cricket after lunch just baffled me. You would have thought that you would make a last effort, bring Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami to the bowling alley. Because after an interval, batsmen have to reset. India’s dream of winning a series for the first time in South Africa has turned into a nightmare,” Gavaskar said on air after Temba Bavuma picked up the winning points for the hosts in the Cape Town Test. .
“What can be said? Those two wins are complete for South Africa, winning again by seven wickets. India didn’t even come close. India got a big win in the first Test and I really thought that would be a template for the next two tests as well.
The hitter was the most disappointing area for the team. The batting unit, especially the middle order, failed to score runs in the second inning of the last two Tests when it was very important to do so. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar pujara scored half a century each in the series, but they were dismissed for low scores, except for this shot. Ravichandran Ashwin and Shardul Thakur were unable to score points in the lower order. Gavaskar said India’s performance with the bat was disappointing and they had a chance to win the series 3-0 against a depleted South African side.
“It’s a great thing for South Africa. But hard to understand when it comes to India. The way they dominated that first test, I really thought they could win the series. I thought in terms of winning 3-0 in a streak, because of the fragility of the South African stick, the fact that Nortje was not playing… that was a huge plus again for India,” he said. he concluded.
“You have two inexperienced bowlers, they had Olivier making a comeback. Rabada was really the only threat and I thought the Indian baton would come in fine. Yes the pitch had been tested but I thought the Indian baton wouldn’t have too much a lot of worries.
“The diligence shown by South Africans in Johannesburg and here is commendable. This reveals the character of the team.
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