The match was evenly poised when Rishabh Pant came into bat in the second innings. After the loss of Pujara at 163, India was looking for a consolidated partnership. But the dream was short-lived when Rishabh Pant went down the track and edged a ball to the wicket-keeper. His wicket pretty much exposed the Indian tail and India soon was bundled out for 266 runs. Many critics including the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Madan Lal opined about Rishabh Pant’s approach.
Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said on his Youtube channel that Pant should refrain away from playing aggressive shots at the start of the innings. Bhajji said. “If Rishabh Pant would take some more time at the crease, he will be able to contribute more. Everyone knows he is an attacking player but the attack should be done after tiring the bowlers. This is test cricket and if you start attacking right from the start, then your tactics may not come to fruition every time. So give yourself some time and you have the capability to score big runs and I am sure that you will come very good.”
India was outplayed when the home team came into a bat to chase a target of 240 runs in their second innings. Captain Dean Elgar led from the front and remained unbeaten at 96 to take the team over the winning line.
Lastly, the spinner said that this South African team doesn’t look like to possess the power of beating a team like India by 2 – 1. The final test match will be played at Newlands, Capetown from the 11th of January and the conditions may favor the tourists a bit more. India is eyeing their maiden test series win in South Africa.