IND Vs SA: India once again had to remain empty handed in the decisive match played between India and South Africa. India’s dream of winning the Test series remained unfulfilled this time too. Team India won the first test match under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, but took the second match lightly. Many batsmen of Team India went on losing wickets due to their carelessness. The return of Virat in the deciding match gave some hope to the fans of Team India, but was disappointed. Questions are being raised on the playing 11 of the third match from the first match itself. Hanuma Vihari, who was included in the team in place of Virat in the second Test, performed well. It is very difficult to bat on African pitches. But the batsmen who are running in poor form can be replaced.
Why did we lose the series?
1. Negligence of batsmen in the second test match
2. Hanuma Vihari was not included in the third test match
3. Rahane and Pujara, who were flopping continuously, were not replaced
4. Ishant Sharma could have been given a chance in place of Umesh Yadav
5. Rahane and Pujara could be seen replacing in the second Test
6. Team India’s poor batting
7. Mayank Agarwal also flopped in the entire series except one innings
Ignored Gambhir’s advice
Kohli does what he likes on the field. Virat Kohli, who has made a different identity due to his attitude, now has only Test captaincy. Since the first Test match, many veterans had talked about the exclusion of Rahane and Pujara, but the team management was not ready to listen to anyone. If Kohli wanted, he could have included Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari in place of Rahane and Pujara. After Hanuma Vihari’s unbeaten innings in the second match, Gambhir had said that chances are being given to Rahane and Pujara, now chances should be given to Vihari and such players.
Kohli a good batsman, but failed in captaincy!
There is no doubt that Kohli is not a good batsman. And in captaincy statistics, he is also one of the most match-winning captains. The team’s command was handed over due to his excellent performance and his aggressive attitude. But Virat Kohli could not win any ICC event for Team India. Under his captaincy, Team India lost the first match badly to Pakistan in the T20 World Cup. Everyone is amazed by his attitude and decisions taken under Kohli’s captaincy. In the third test match, Ishant Sharma should have been replaced by Umesh Yadav in the team, for this Shaan Pollock had raised questions. Rahane and Pujara were not replaced. Wrong decisions in such a big and important match also raise questions on his captaincy.
After winning the match, veterans do not speak on wrong decisions, because the veil of flaws in it falls. Mistakes are ignored in the joy of victory. But this last match played in South Africa was very important for Team India, which was sacrificed due to negligence and wrong decisions.
first published:Jan. 14, 2022, 5:32 p.m.