Ruthless South Africa take aim at series sweep against India

Ruthless South Africa take aim at series sweep against India

Javier Howell
January 23, 2018

The former India all-rounder admitted that India's batting had failed on the tour but chose to focus on the bowling.

The performance of the duo has been a determining factor in the ongoing Test series as well, which South Africa have already won, having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead with just one more game left to play.

He said they are looking forward to the third Test in Johannesburg and pulling one back in the series. I'd rather harp on that. "If our top order can fire, this (third Test) will also be a good match", he added. There is no denying the strengths of this team but it is a fact that since the last tour of Australia in the 2014-15 season, India largely played in its backyard and was never tested. "Not many teams look half that when they come to India", he added.

Shastri rued the three run-out dismissals in the Indian scorecard at Centurion, saying such errors hurt especially when the conditions are tough. Interestingly, even as the boys walked into the ground, Shastri headed back to the pitch, this time with skipper Virat Kohli in tow.

"As it is the conditions are very tough, and on top of that if someone gets run out then you feel bad and there is no doubt about that". In tough conditions like these, where there is not much between the two teams, you can not afford to give away wickets like that. In tough conditions like this where there isn't much between the two teams, you can not afford to give away wickets like that.

India lost the opening Test in Cape Town by 72 runs and the second game in Centurion by 135 runs.

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"That will always be the case".

Harbhajan, who has played 100 Tests and 236 ODIs for India, is leading Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in the knockout round on Sunday.

Another controversy that surrounded the Indian team was the selection of Ishant Sharma over the in-form Bhuvaneshar Kumar in the series decider, "The same would have happened with the fast bowlers". The team management has discussed what is the best option. "The preparations would have then been better, we could have got familiar with the conditions. Once you start scoring runs, you are there".

"Chopping and changing overseas is easier".

"Well there is grass on the track and you expect that overseas. It's a specialist job to play new ball in Test matches", Prabhakar said. The good thing though is people won't crib and moan when matches in India get over in two and a half days. If Ajinkya (Rahane) had played and not done well, you would have asked me the same question why Rohit is not there.

On practice wickets, Rahul, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara took first strike against the net-bowling duo of Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini, who were confirmed arrived at the team hotel late Saturday evening.