A hell lot of selection surprises from Virat Kohli, the skipper and Team India on the brink of a clean sweep! Nonetheless, India has already lost the series but India couldn’t make a single positive from these which can give them some relief. It was totally startling in nature to have a look at the playing XI in the second test match at Centurion, South Africa. It seemed that Virat Kohli has no intention to learn from his mistakes committed a few days back. Result! Team India has to face a more humiliating defeat at the hands of Proteas.
Did India lack the talent or what led to its downfall? Was there a lack of bench strength or wrong selections of the squad by the selectors or it lacked the commitment? Obviously there would be a big NO when we will try to find the answers. Then what happened that the No. 1 Test Team which looked like a scapegoat in front of No. 2 Test Team? Why didn’t it present any competition to the opposition?
Let us have a look at the 5 differences between both teams – India and South Africa which created the whole difference:
- No Surprise Selections: If Virat Kohli was adamant on giving millions of its fans the gift of surprises on the eve of New Year in both Test matches, Faf du Plessis didn’t make any such insane decisions. It was quite dumb decision from the skipper to drop Bhuvneshwar Kumar even after such a mortifying loss in first Test.
- Stellar Performance from Comebacks: Even after making a comeback after such a long time, Parthiv Patel wasted his opportunity whereas AB de Villiers made impressive performance in both test matches and drifted the team from danger
- Leading from the Front: Faf Du Plessis being the skipper led his team from the front with an impressive 2 fifties and one innings just 2 runs short of fifty whereas Virat Kohli leaving that stellar hundred was not even able to reach two digits score in two innings.
- Ability to Read the Conditions: Faf du Plessis read the conditions very well as he preferred the debutant Lungi Ngidi over Duanne Olivier even though he was replacement for the injured Dale Steyn whereas Virat Kohli completely oblivious to conditions made selection at his own will.
- Capitalising as a Team: Proteas played as a unit and everyone fulfilled their responsibilities even though they have also failures in the form of Hashim Amla whereas the Indian team looked like playing as individuals and lacked the team spirit.
Such an irresponsible approach not only ended the winning streak of eight Test Series of Team India but also there is a need to have a close look at the strategies of the skipper.