The Indian veteran Sunil Gavaskar recently weighed-in on Team India’s recent disappointing defeat at the hands of South Africa in the third and final Test of the series at Newlands in Cape Town. The Proteas made a great comeback in the series to clinch 2-1 triumph. India failed to capitalize on the first Test victory in Centurion, facing seven-wicket defeats in Wanderers and Newlands. Sunil Gavaskar has raised questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy as well.
Sunil Gavaskar reflects on India’s defeat in the Newlands Test
India were considered to be the favourites to win the series as they had more experienced players than the hosts. After the first Test, South Africa also lost Quinton de Kock in the squad as the wicketkeeper-batter announced his retirement from the longest format of the game. However, the home side put on a fightback which yield a satisfying outcome.
The Indian Test captain Virat Kohli admitted that it was a “disappointing” defeat in the post-match presentation and finally opened up on the DRS controversy. It was also noted that Aakash Chopra outlined why Virat Kohli’s reaction to DRS decision could come back to haunt the Men in Blue.
Now, the former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said that the series “has turned into a nightmare” for Kohli and co. “India’s cricket after lunch has just baffled me. One would’ve thought that you would make one last-ditch effort, bring Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami on to bowl. Because after an interval, batsmen have to reset. India’s dream of winning a series for the first time in South Africa has turned into a nightmare,” Gavaskar said on-air after Temba Bavuma hit the winning runs for the hosts in the Cape Town Test.
India and South Africa are set to lock horns in the 3-match ODI series with the opening game scheduled to take place on January 19 at Boland Park in Paarl.
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