Sunil Gavaskar questions India’s tactics in the post-lunch session on Day 4 after South Africa won Test 3 and the heat

Sunil Gavaskar questions India’s tactics in the post-lunch session on Day 4 after South Africa won Test 3 and the heat

India lost the third test to South Africa by 7 wickets© AFP

Legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was unhappy with India’s tactics after lunch on Day 4 of the third Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town. India’s dreams of a historic first Test series win in South Africa were dashed when the visitors chased the target of 212 runs to win the decider on Friday and clinch the three-match series 2-1. South Africa had gone into lunch needing just 41 runs to win with seven wickets still in the bank. In the second session the hosts went just 8.3 overs to score the remaining runs. India’s tactics of not using Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami or Shardul Thakur surprised Gavaskar.

“It was a mystery to me why Shardul Thakur and Jasprit Bumrah didn’t go bowling after lunch. It was almost like India decided they weren’t going to win this,” Gavaskar said in comments.

Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin were the bowlers used by Virat Kohli in the second session as Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen brought South Africa home without much difficulty.

Gavaskar also noted the location of the defensive field when Ashwin was bowling.

“The outfield placements there were for Ashwin (he wasn’t doing well)… There were singles readily available. Five fielders were deep. Let the batsmen take their chances, that’s their only chance to get them out,” the former India said. captain.

Gavaskar, however, did not forget to credit the South African batsmen for their effort. This was the second time in a row they had chased a 200+ score in the fourth inning without breaking a sweat.

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“The pitches weren’t the best for hitting, but the application that the South Africans showed in Johannesburg, the application that they showed in this test has also been commendable. That showed the character of the team,” he said.

Keegan Petersen was the star of the match for South Africa. The young right-hander scored a hefty fifty in both innings of the match, but his 82-run hit in the second inning was perhaps the best in his short career thus far. The right-hander received a standing ovation as he returned to the arena in Friday’s first session.

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