Much was expected of India this time against the in-experienced South African side however SA displayed an outstanding performance after losing the first test at Centurion. The Indian batting performed well in patches but were unable to give a good target to the South Africans. Now Indian bowler Mohammad Shami has acknowledged that the team suffered because of batting.
In conversation with Telegraph India from his home, Mohammad Shami said “But yes, if we had some 50-60 more runs to defend, we certainly could’ve had a greater chance of winning those two games”
In both the second and third test match, Indian batting faced a batting collapse after a consolidated partnership, something which has happened to them time and again in challenging conditions. India set up a target of 240 runs in the second test match and nearly 212 runs in the third test which the SA batters chased. Bumrah and Shami went past the bats on many occasions but were unable to made the inroads.
Shami defended the bowling and heaped praises on the team bowling unit for delivering consistent results for the last few years. “Please don’t forget that our bowling unit has been doing exceedingly well, and been consistent on most occasions. So this is one huge positive that always keeps us in the game.” Shami said.
The Indian bowling has done a terrific job in the last few years not only in home but overseas tours also. They rattled Australia in Australia, South Africa and England. Now that the team will play under a new leader in the test format, it would be interesting to see the bowling combination.