The Indian team arrived on the South African shores with a lot of expectations. Many critics believed that India this time had the best chance of winning their maiden test series in South Africa. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case to be as South Africa clinched the series by 2 – 1. Before the squad was announced for the test series, there were doubts about the inclusion of Pujara and Rahane. Both have been going through a lean patch for the last couple of years. Although they provided some runs with their bat, much was expected from the senior duos.
Speaking on his Youtube channel, former Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt opined that the Indian think tank did not prioritize the in-form batsman who could have been included in place of Pujara and Rahane. According to Butt, the Indian team went in for experience and trusted Pujara and Rahane. Both batsmen got out cheaply in the second innings when there was a dire need of scoring many runs. Butt opined that India should consider the in-form batsman also while choosing a squad.
It is also interesting to note that South Africa did not have Anrich Nortje due to injury. The fast bowler presence could have made life even more difficult for the Indian batters.
Butt also commented that the Indian fast bowlers were not able to apply enough pressure on the South African batsman. India set up a target of 240 runs in the Johannesburg match which many cricketing pundits believed was more than a par score. But the likes of Shami and Bumrah were not able to pick up wickets. Almost a similar thing happened in the decider test match where South Africa chased down 212 runs without losing too many wickets.
India now will be playing the 3-ODI series with South Africa from the 19th of January.