‘Dream turned into a nightmare’: Sunil Gavaskar ‘baffled’ by India’s tactics after lunch on Day 4 in Test 3

‘Dream turned into a nightmare’: Sunil Gavaskar ‘baffled’ by India’s tactics after lunch on Day 4 in Test 3

Sunil Gavaskar said he was “baffled” by India’s tactics after lunch on the 4th.© AFP

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar criticized the team’s tactics in the post-lunch session on Day 4 of the third and final Test, which the visitors lost by seven wickets at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday. The victory in Cape Town helped South Africa remain undefeated against India in the Test Series played at home. India had won the opening canter test, but lost the next two quite completely. Gavaskar said India’s dream of winning its first test series on South African soil had “turned into a nightmare”.

Gavaskar was especially “baffled” by some of India’s tactics after the lunch break on Day 4.

“India cricket after lunch has me baffled. One would have thought you would make a last ditch effort, take Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami bowling. Because after an interval batsmen have to restart. India’s dream winning a series for the first time in South Africa has become a nightmare,” the former Indian cricketer said on air while commentating on the match.

“What can you say? Both wins are integral to South Africa, winning again by seven wickets: seven wickets in Johannesburg and seven wickets here.”

Gavaskar said India’s resounding win at Centurion in the opening Test had led him to believe in a 3-0 scoreline for the visitors. The former India starter also noted the “fragility” of the South African batting and his “inexperienced” bowling formation.

“It hasn’t even come close, India got a big win in the first Test and I really thought that would be the template for the next two Test matches as well. It didn’t happen.”

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“Winning margin which is a fantastic thing for South Africa. But hard to understand when it comes to India. The way they dominated that first Test, I really thought they could win the series. I was thinking in terms of a 3-0 series, because of the fragility of South African batting. The fact that Nortje wasn’t playing, it was a huge advantage again for India because they had two inexperienced bowlers,” Gavaskar said.

Having failed to conquer the final frontier, India’s focus will now switch to the three-match ODI series which kicks off at Boland Park, Paarl from January 19.

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