Sunil Gavaskar said he was “baffled” by India’s tactics after lunch on the fourth day.© TUSEN
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar criticized the team’s tactics during the post-lunch session on Day 4 of the third and final Test, which the visitors then lost by seven wickets at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday. Victory in Cape Town helped South Africa stay unbeaten against India in the home Test series. India had won the opening canter test but lost the next two quite comprehensively. Gavaskar said India’s dream of winning their first Test series on South African soil had “turned into a nightmare”.
Gavaskar was particularly “baffled” by some of India’s tactics after the lunch break on day four.
“India cricket after lunch just baffled me. You would have thought you would make a last ditch effort, bring Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami bowling. Because after an interval the batsmen have to reset. The dream for India to win a series for the first time in South Africa has turned into a nightmare,” the former Indian cricketer said on air while commenting on the game.
“What can be said? Those two wins are complete for South Africa, winning again by seven wickets – seven wickets in Johannesburg and seven wickets here.”
Gavaskar said India’s emphatic victory at Centurion in the first Test led him to believe the visitors were 3-0 up. The ex-India fly-half also pointed to the “frailty” of South African batters and their “inexperienced” bowling line-up.
“It didn’t even come close, India got a big win in the first Test and I really thought that would be the pattern for the next two Test matches as well. It didn’t happen. “
“The winning margin is something great for South Africa. But hard to understand when it comes to India. The way they dominated that first test, really thought they could win the series. I thought in terms of 3-0, because of the fragility of the South African stick. The fact that Nortje wasn’t playing – that was still a huge advantage for India because then you had two inexperienced bowlers,” said Gavaskar.
Having failed to conquer the final frontier, India will now focus on the three-game ODI series which kicks off at Boland Park, Paarl from January 19.
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