This was India’s 9th tour of South Africa and Mahendra Singh Dhoni He is the only Indian captain to have won a series draw on South African soil (2010).
Former South African batsman Boeta Dipenar believes that the team led by Virat Kohli missed a big chance to win their first Test series in South Africa. India won the first Test of the three-match series by 113 runs at Centurion and then lost the second Test by 7 wickets at Johannesburg.
India set a target of 212 in the third and final Test and the Proteas overcame it with a 7-wicket win and a 2-1 series win.
“This is an incredible win for South Africa because we know how they started the series, the form of their players. I think very few people considered South Africa as the first winner of the series. I thought to myself India will win the series. India had a chance to win their first Test series in South Africa, but they missed out. But the credit goes to South Africa. The South African players showed more character than the Indian team. ., ”Dipaner told TimesofIndia.com in an exclusive interview with South Africa.
“The rivalry in the (South African) board room certainly helped unite the team – we are on our own, we need to stand together and support each other. This helped the inexperienced team overcome a very good and experienced Indian. Team, “Dipenar, who played 38 Tests and 107 ODIs for South Africa between 1999 and 2007.
What went wrong for India?
Dipener blamed the Indian batsmen for the series defeat and said the top order failed to properly assess the situation.
In three Tests, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant scored 226 runs (average 37.67) and 186 runs (average 37.20) respectively. Kohli, who missed the second Test due to injury, scored 161 runs in four innings at an average of 40.25.
Test specialists Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara were once again questioned for their poor run with the bat. Rahane managed just 136 runs in three Tests at an average of 22.67, while Pujara managed just 124 runs in three Tests at an average of 20.67.
“India’s batting was problematic. Indian batsmen were not consistent. Even bowling on a South African wicket requires good skills. Because SA wickets are more helpful to the bowlers. You need to force the batsmen to play forward and in the middle.” Indian bowlers were either bowling too full or too short and were not consistent with their length. Kagiso RabadaHe managed to hit the line and length regularly and better than the Indian bowlers. Keegan Peterson Was wonderful. He bravely faced the Indian pace, “Dipnenar further told TimesofIndia.com.
The Decision Review System (DRS) has once again caused controversy.
The incident happened in the 21st over on the third day of the third and final Test when the spinner Ravichandran Ashwin Trapped SA Captain, Dean Elgar, In front of his stump. Umpire Marais Erasmus didn’t take much time and raised his finger, but Elgar decided to take a review. However the replay showed that the ball was about to miss the stumps. Umpire Erasmus also shook his head in disbelief when he saw the replay on the big screen. In fact he was heard saying that it is impossible.
Seeing this decision reversed, Kohli and his teammates lost their cool. They spoke into the stump mic to express their frustration.
Virat Kohli (Twitter photo)
“There are always some decisions that we think should go the other way, should be different. Virat shows us the passion about the game and his team. And we love watching it. It adds spice to the game and people love its energy. It shows a good balance between feeling, passion and going overboard. This is the main part, “said Dipener.
“I’m not sure the DRS is 100 percent accurate. I’ve seen one or two deliveries where the ball was pitched with impact with the pads and subsequent tracking makes no sense (with) which angle the ball moved. So, it’s always hard to say. We live in an imperfect world. In my opinion, the DRS has definitely improved with decision making. They are not making the wrong decisions that we have seen in the past, “added the South African.
Can Kohli win senior ICC title?
Kohli is no longer the captain of the Indian limited overs. The Indian Test captain, who has many records to his name, is still looking for a senior ICC trophy as a captain.
Will he be able to win the ICC Test Championship this time? India are fifth in the World Test Championship points table after losing the series against the Proteas.
Dipener is confident that Kohli will definitely win the ICC title as a captain before hanging up his cricketing boots.
Virat Kohli (AFP photo)
“I am sure he will win the ICC Trophy. He is a very experienced player and a loss in the series will do him no harm. He has given a lot to cricket. I think he will probably talk to his teammates and re-evaluate the series. What he can and cannot do. I seriously think India have lost a big chance to win their first Test series in South Africa. I think Virat and his men will look back and regret it a little. Was there for but they failed to take it, “Dipener said.
“We will probably see a new era in the colors of Indian cricket after Virat Kohli’s captaincy. In the twilight of his career, if he does not have the burden of captaincy, it will be much better than before,” Dipner said.
Favorite Cricket Memory Vs. India
Dipener recalled the Kolkata Test (December 2004) as one of the most memorable moments of his cricket career against India.
Despite South Africa losing the match by 8 wickets, South Africa fell in love with the crowd at Eden Gardens.
“I am playing a Test match in Kolkata. I have never in my life experienced the commotion at Eden Gardens that day. It is really difficult to describe.