- South Africa beat India by seven wickets in the third test
- South Africa won the three-Test series 2-1
- South Africa needed 212 runs to win in the fourth innings
- Sunil Gavaskar questions Indian team’s strategy
Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar has raised question marks on the Indian team’s strategy (India at South Africa) after lunch on the fourth day of the third Test against South Africa. Gavaskar (Sunil Gavaskar on Indian Team) said that it seems that the team captained by Virat Kohli had already given up (India Lost Test Series in South Africa) before the end of the match.
The Indian team needed 8 wickets to win on the fourth day of the match. In front of South Africa Test Series, there was a target of 212 runs in the fourth innings. The Indian team could take only one wicket in the first session. South Africa got the runs needed to win in the second session itself. He won the match by seven wickets (South Africa Won by 7 Wickets). With this, he won the three-match series 2-1.
Talking on Star Sports, Sunil Gavaskar said, ‘It is a mystery to me why Shardul Thakur and Jasprit Bumrah did not bowl after lunch. It seems as if India has almost decided that they are not going to win this match.
He further said, ‘The field that was set for Ravichandran Ashwin was not right. The batsmen were able to take one run easily. Five fielders were put away. You should have fielded such a field that the batsmen would have to take a risk to score runs. This was the only opportunity to get him out.
Sunil Gavaskar also praised the dedication shown by the South African batsmen. He said that the South African batsmen played better in the second and third Tests.
Gavaskar said, ‘The pitches were not very good to bat (Pitches in South Africa) but the way the South African batsmen played in Johannesburg, the way they batted here. This shows the character of this team.
Keegan Petersen was the star of the South African team. He scored 276 runs in the entire series. He was the highest run-scorer in this series. Petersen was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’ and ‘Player of the Series’ for his game. South Africa captain Dean Elgar scored 235 runs in the series.
Pietersen hit three half-centuries in the series. Out of this, he scored two runs in the third test (72 and 82) in the third match. Elgar, on the other hand, scored fifty in the fourth innings of the first and second Tests.