The India team faced a 7-wicket loss in the second round of the series against South Africa in Johannesburg on Thursday. Proteas captain Dean Elgar had a brilliant performance with the bat in the 240-run chase, as he remained undefeated at 96 to lead South Africa to a series-equivalent victory at the Wanderers.
India endured a rare below par bowling performance on a rain-battered Day 4, and their batting struggles in both innings of the Test proved detrimental to their defeat. While the South Africans stayed on top for most of Test 2, Rishabh Pant’s removal has drawn special criticism due to its situational context.
Pant, having reached the fold after Cheteshwar Pujara’s ouster, went for the blankets in his third installment and was trapped from behind. The Indian wicketkeeper-batter’s shot selection was criticized by past and current cricketers, including Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar. However, the former Indian captain also insisted that it was not the only reason behind India’s defeat.
“Let’s not go for the dismissal. We should not do it as if it is the only reason why India lost. I think other hitters didn’t make the contribution that they should have. So I think I could make it clear that if India had scored 300 runs in both innings, it would have been different, ”Gavaskar said on the Star Sports post-match show.
“Whatever you say about that particular shot, it wasn’t pretty to watch for sure, but it wasn’t the reason India lost. India should have scored more runs, hitting first, they got off to a pretty decent start, but they couldn’t capitalize on it and get to 280-300. “
Gavaskar further noted that the partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, which scored 111 runs for the third wicket, could have been more dangerous if the duo had stayed longer in the fold.
“And even in the second entry, in the Pujara-Rahane society, if they had a little more society, who knows? They could have created a bigger challenge for South Africans, ”Gavaskar said.
"खाना विशेषज्ञ। जोम्बी प्रेमी। अति कफी अधिवक्ता। बियर ट्रेलब्लाजर। अप्रिय यात्रा फ्यान।"