- India’s tour of South Africa ends with defeat in Cape Town ODI
- India lost the ODI series 0-3 after losing the Test series by 1-2
New Delhi. Even 29 years of stigma could not be erased and even 3 years of history could not be saved. The condition of the Indian team on the South African tour was similar. If he went, he had to fulfill the promise of not winning the Test series on South African soil for 29 years, but by the time the history of winning the ODI series on the last tour also returned with a bad reputation.
India lost the three-match Test series 2-1, while the ODI series of the same number of matches saw a 3-0 clean sweep. Now the post-mortem of the defeat will be done, then the scapegoats will also be searched. But the one question that no one will answer is that why did the Indian team have to face so much embarrassment on this tour despite being better than the South African team in every respect?
The question will also be asked on the incomprehensible screw of the pitch, what was the reason that the pitch on which the South African batsmen scored fiercely and the bowlers put a flurry of wickets, on those pitches how the Indian legend remained limp on both the fronts. went?
Kitch of the pitch!
From Centurion to Johannesburg and from there to Cape Town.. All these grounds of South Africa have one thing in common. That is, the pitches of these stadiums are called fast bowlers’ heaven. The extra bounce and seam movement available here is a challenge for any batsman and a boon for any bowler. Now there is no rocket science in the fact that some time ago India went to South Africa as the number one Test team.
Far ahead of South Africa in both the batting and bowling departments. In fast bowling, there was an army of legends like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Ishant Sharma. The pitches of South Africa are also very suitable for Indian players. Yet when it came time to prove themselves in both the departments, the result was the same. And on the same pitch, less experienced South African bowlers and batsmen danced on the heads of the players of Team India.
This screw of South African pitches is even more complicated because in the Test series, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj and Ravichandran Ashwin were played by Keegan Pietersen, Dean Elgar, Rasi Van der Dussen to the Indian bowlers while KL Rahul (Centurion Test). Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane struggled against the host bowlers Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Marco Yansin and Duane Olver. At the same time, in the ODI series, Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma and Rasi Van Der Dussen played the visiting bowlers easily and led the team to victory.
Actually, India started the tour with the first Test match at Centurion. It is counted among the fastest pitches in South Africa. Here the Indian batsmen, especially KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, started with a careful 117-run partnership to avoid the bowlers’ threat. This was the only stop on the entire tour where Team India showed dominance over South Africa.
Even this partnership became the reason for Team India’s victory in the first Test, because from then onwards the hosts started to counterattack strongly. In this innings, India lost the last 7 wickets adding about 50 runs. In the second innings, the team was reduced to 174 runs. However, thanks to the 130-run lead in the first innings, Team India was successful in winning this match.
The whole story changed with the second Test in Johannesburg and a different picture was seen here. The pitch of the Wanders ground is very much liked by the fast bowlers. The bounce and seam movement here inflates the batsmen’s hands and feet. We also saw this happen when the Indian team was reduced to 202 and 266 runs on this pitch.
But the misfortune of team India’s world-class bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj and Mohammed Shami was seen when South Africa lost just 3 wickets in the fourth innings on the same pitch even after the rain. achieved very easily.
Now in such a situation, how can the screw of this pitch be understood, which is a time for Indians, then amazing for South Africa. The story of the Cape Town Test was no different. Something kept going with Johannesburg. Here also the Indian batsmen went on to surrender in front of the host bowlers and the South African batsmen went on to win in front of the visiting bowlers.
After India were bundled out for 223 and 198 in the first and second innings, South Africa once again achieved the target of 212 runs in the fourth innings by losing just three wickets and told Team India how to bat and bowl on these pitches. She goes.
The first two matches of the ODI series were played at Paarl’s ground while the last match took place in Cape Town. One aspect of Team India’s embarrassing defeat was that India won the toss in two out of these three matches, but was disappointed in winning the match. In the first ODI, the Indian team could not achieve the target of 297 runs, then in the second ODI it could not defend the target of 288 runs at the same ground.
That is, from batting to bowling, the Indian team proved to be laggy everywhere. In the third ODI, South Africa scored 287 runs and won the match by four. But it was also surprising that the Indian batsmen were seen struggling on the Cape Town pitch on which South African opener Quinton de Kock scored 124 runs alone.
Even in the first ODI, the hundreds of Temba Bavuma and Rasi van der Dussen were seen from the hosts side and in this case the hands of the Indian batsmen remained empty.
Understand the failure of Indian bowlers like this
In the three-match Test series, where South African bowlers took a total of 60 wickets, Indian bowlers could take only 46 wickets, that too when India was playing as the number one Test team. In these too, on these pitches helpful to fast bowlers, the host pacers took 59 wickets out of 60, that is, only one wicket went to the spinner’s account.
At the same time, 43 out of 46 wickets were taken by the pacers while three wickets came in the account of Ravichandran Ashwin. In the ODI series, South African fast bowlers took a total of 24 wickets, out of which 15 were taken by fast bowlers while 9 wickets went to spinners. At the same time, the Indians were laggy this time too and could take only 14 wickets of the host team in the ODI series. In these too, the fast bowlers took 11 wickets while the remaining three victims were put in their account by the spinners.
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