While India made history by winning the first time in Centurion, South Africa retaliated in the same manner as they too created history by beating India for the first time at Johannesburg. India although posed a challenging target of 240 runs, South Africa was able to chase it down with seven wickets remaining. Critics have begun to point fingers and now the blame is surging upon Rishabh Pant, whose dismissal sparked plenty of criticism. Now Rahul Dravid has given his opinion about the way Rishabh Pant was got out in the second innings.
India was 162 for 4 when Rishabh Pant came into bat. With just two deliveries faced and some banter from the silly point by Rassie van der Dussen, Pant stepped down the track on Rabada’s over to play a pull shot which ultimately got a nick and went straight to the keeper’s gloves. From 162 for 3, India were 167 – 5 and Pant was the last recognized batter.
Rahul Dravid said during a post-match press conference that it is the nature of Pant to play aggressive however, he also mentioned that the right time is crucial to attack and that the management will have a word with Pant on his approach. In his own words, “When you have just come in, maybe giving yourself a little bit more time might be a little bit more advisable but look, in the end, we know what we are getting with Rishabh. He is a really positive player and is someone who can change the course of the game” Dravid said.
Although the Indian bowlers tried really hard and created many chances, South African batsmen survived and achieved the target with seven wickets remaining. Both teams will now head to Newlands, Cape Town and India will leave no stone unturned to win their maiden test series in South Africa. The match will start from the 11th and Virat Kohli is expected to get back into the side.