When the Indian team departed for South Africa on the 16th of December, they would have fancied their chances. After all, the South African team is in transition whereas India has shown great performances in the overseas tour in 2021. But after the Centurion win, things went only downhill for Team India. In the Johanessburg test, India was unable to defend a target of 240 runs. The situation wasn’t different in the decider test match at Newlands, and SA chased 212 runs with seven wickets in hand.
Speaking to the Press Conference after the match, captain Virat Kohli said the “Team didn’t apply enough pressure on the South African team.” After acquiring a lead of 13 runs in the first innings, India was unable to make the most of the opportunity and got bowled out at 198 runs only in the second innings. While it was a hard-fought innings by South Africa, they were able to chase the target by losing only three wickets. While luck may have played its part for SA when their captain was reprieved of an LBW decision by the DRS, a shock that elicit a response of “Its impossible” from on-field umpire Marais Erasmus, the scoreline reads that SA won the series by 2- 1, a massive victory from them from financial perpective too.