There was a lot of hue and cry from months about the proposed tour of overseas South Africa tour and what happened? At first we witnessed some surprise selections in the playing XI which luckily bore fruit amidst the weak Lankan sides. Everyone were making merry as everything was going in an apple pie order in front of the weak opponent. The overseas tour was so much overrated that it pulled wool over our eyes and resulted in a shameful loss from the Proteas.
Here we will have a look at the 5 reasons which resulted in such a derogatory defeat of Team India.
Leaving the Practice Match: – It was indeed a blunder when Kohli & Company decided to leave the practice match in the name of getting themselves in the right frame. How could any team could ever leave such an important practice match on such an important tour?
Leaving Outside Rahane: – It was quite surprising to leave the Vice-Captain for Rohit Sharma who has almost zero experience when it comes to Tests. Why always Ajinkya Rahane is treated as a scapegoat?
Preferring Vijay over K L Rahul: – Going for Vijay inspite of K L Rahul who has proved his consistency even without scoring a century was quite mesmerizing as Vijay could garner just 14 runs in two innings.
Failure in Capitalising the early Success: – At the time when Proteas were struggling at 12-3 in the first inning, Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t get support from his fellow seamers which resulted in a 114-run stand between the Proteas captain Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers. This margin of 114 runs was enough to drift the match in their side.
Preferring debutant over Veterans: – Indeed! Jasprit Bumrah has been a prominent spearhead in the shorter formats but it was quite unwise from captain Kohli to prefer the debutant Bumrah over Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav who have already played on foreign soil in an opening match of such an important series.