Twitter was flooded with tons of reactions after India suffered another defeat in a row at the hands of South Africa, which also ended their hopes of winning a first ever Test series in the country. There were usual shouts of bringing in fresh blood, while others pointed out where the team might have been wrong that they threw a 1-0 lead away to lose the series by three games in such a one-sided way.
In the series final, India again won the roll and chose to strike first. They posted modest 223-all out and despite that managed to take a slim lead in 13 races. But in the second half, their batters were bad, and had it not been for Rishabh Pant’s century, which helped them set a gap of 212, the end could have come much earlier than on the penultimate day.
South Africa, as it turned out, sailed to a victory of seven wicket, where Keegan Petersen peeled off another half century to pick up both the player of the match and the players of the series.
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Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer, one of only two openers from the team to have scored a century in South Africa, pointed out the lack of running.
“Had tweeted this before the series. Sad to see the same story this time. Just haven’t scored enough races,” Jaffer wrote on Twitter.
Another former India opener Aakash Chopra said the result ‘should hurt’ India as they were ‘superior’.
“The final limit remains undefeated. 2018 was a competition between two equal teams and you could take a lot of heart from the performances even in a series defeat. This tour however… wins the first test… superior side… and then lost 1-2. This will hurt. It should hurt, “Chopra tweeted.
The final border remains undefeated. 2018 was a competition between two equal teams and you could take a lot of heart from the performances even in a series defeat. This tour however… wins the first test… superior side… and then lost 1-2. This will hurt. Should hurt.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 14, 2022
He also praised Dean Elgar-led South Africa for showing the fight and perseverance to come back from a massive defeat in the series opener.
“Incredible turn of a young South African team. Lost all throws. Lost Nortje before a ball was thrown. De Kock after the first test. Chased 200+ in the fourth innings twice. Persistence is what makes SAF the cricket nation , it is … keep fighting forever, “he said.
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said the fact that South Africa remained locked in as a team despite what they have been through lately was the reason they were able to become the best in India.
“Outstanding by @OfficialCSA were the 1 down in the series. This was India’s best chance to win in South Africa as SA did not have that kind of team but they showed when you hold together as a team than you can achieve great things without some big names .. congratulations, “wrote Harbhajan.
Outstanding of @OfficialCSA they were 1 down in the series. This was India’s best chance to win in South Africa as SA did not have that kind of team but they showed when held together as a team that one can achieve great things without any big names .. congratulations #INDvSA– Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 14, 2022
Former South African butcher AB de Villiers was delighted to see South Africa’s setback and praised the two teams for a memorable competition.
“Now that’s what you call Protea Fire !!!” wrote De Villiers.
This is now what you call Protea Fire !!! – AB de Villiers (@ ABdeVilliers17) January 14, 2022
“Fantastic match boys. Fantastic test series. Well done to both teams for pulling us all together,” he later tweeted.
Former India all-rounder and head coach Ravi Shastri received special praise for Petersen. Keegan Peterson (KP). Excellent initials (@ KP24). A great world player on the way. My childhood hero Gundappa Vishwanath comes to mind, “he wrote.
The two teams are now starting to gear up for the three-match ODI series starting next week.
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