- India suffered a 1-2 loss in the Test series on the tour of South Africa
- Pujara and Rahane got preference over Hanuma and Shreyas
- Captain Kohli also could not perform according to the expectations
It was a golden opportunity for Kohli and Co. to win the Test series for the first time in South Africa. India has hardly got such a weak team in South Africa before, but Team India did not take advantage of the opportunity. As a result, 29 years of drought persisted.
Hosts South Africa defeated India 2-1 in the 3-match Test series. The team under the captaincy of Dean Elgar showed how Test cricket is played with restrained batting and their sharp bowling. Even if you are the number one team in the world. It doesn’t matter.
When Team India won in Sanchurian, it seemed that the Indian team would definitely create history this time. But Kohli’s army could not show the spirit it needed in the Johannesburg Test. Its batsmen played an important role in India’s defeat.
The middle order was a complete flop. Even Virat Kohli himself could not live up to the expectations. It has been more than 2 years since Virat’s bat scored a century in international cricket. Experienced Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane also disappointed with the bat. Both of them made a half-century each in the current series but it was not enough for the win.
The opening pair of Indian openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal also failed to get the team off to a good start. In such a situation, now the question arises whether there will be changes in the Indian Test team in the upcoming home series?
According to veterans, changes can be seen in the Indian team for the upcoming home Test series against Sri Lanka (IND v SL Test Series). Selectors and coach Rahul Dravid can take some tough decisions for this series. However, Virat has once again supported Pujara and Rahane.
Kohli said this after the series loss
After the Cape Town Test loss, Kohli said, “Definitely the batting let us down, especially in the last two games, when we needed it the most.” I cannot sit here and tell what will happen in the future. It is the decision of the selectors. I have no hand in this. I have said about Rahane and Pujara in the past and will say that we have consistently supported Cheteshwar and Ajinkya. In the second innings of the second Test, his innings took us to a good score. As a team, we value such innings. Can’t say what the selectors do and what is on their mind.
Pujara scored 20 and Rahane scored at an average of 22
Talking about the current series, Cheteshwar Pujara scored 124 runs at an average of 20.67 and Ajinkya Rahane scored 136 runs at an average of 22.67. He was preferred over Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari, who made their Test debuts with a century against New Zealand. In such a situation, in India’s Test team in the upcoming series, Shreyas, Hanuma Vihari, Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill can be seen getting a chance, who have been waiting for their turn for a long time.
India to host Sri Lanka next month
India is to host Sri Lanka next month (February 2022). There are 2 Tests and 3 T20 matches to be played between the two teams. The first Test of the series will be played from February 25 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.