For a country with a lasting memory of seeing its batters flattened by quality speed while competing abroad, the image of Sachin Tendulkarhis defense was pierced by a Allan Donald scorcher during the Boxing Day Test at Kingsmead, Durban in 1996, after the batsman hit him twice through cover and point, still in pain.
India were blown away for three days with 100 and 66 in the two innings they played. A footnote of Venkatesh Prasad’s great 10 player match.
“Forget the rhinoceros, save India,” shouted a banner in the hands of an avid Protea resident in the stands.
As India fans, we are good at finding an antidote to painful defeats. Of these, two deliveries stand out as a protest against Donald’s dominance.
Back to Kingsmead. Then there’s the gift-day test. The second season of the series in 2010-2011. South Africa, chasing 303 to win, are settling in at 123rd to 3rd, with a building partnership between Ashwell Prince and Jacques Kallis. enter S Sreesanth. Maverick and the magician. He made a snort serve from length and saw Kallis transform into a high jumper to fend it off. The ball flew out of his glove to Virender Sehwag At point. The home teams collapsed and India leveled the series.
Cut to Johannesburg 2018, the third test between India and South Africa. The number of times both teams went to the midfield to check on the health of the Batman player was almost more than the number of people present in the stands.
The pitch was rated excellent by the West Indies 2/100 Michael Holding and was called “shit” in the comment. The organization pleaded with the referee to stop the game.
India didn’t have it. From 2014 to 2018 by Lord, they won the Asia and West Indies only Tests. They were thirsty for “blood”. Jasipino Bumrah ping South African opener Dean Elgar (who carried his stick in the second inning to an 86 hero) on his helmet. Left-handed people are shocked. That serve ruined the South African dressing room. From 124/2, chasing 241, South Africa fell to 177 all with Mohammed Shami bowling a crazy spell of 5-28. Kohli’s Team India has just grown up.
In the way that the 2018 Johannesburg Test, which India won in 63 runs, is the benchmark for how Kohli and Shastri want to compete abroad. In that streak, they were well positioned in Cape Town and Centurion to win, but faltered at key moments, just as they did then in England in 2018.
Perhaps they attacked a bit too much, instead of holding on to the results and playing attrition cricket, thus leaking the runs.
South Africa has always been a difficult place to travel for Indians. The speed and bounce is like Australia. But unlike Australia, they don’t attack all the time.
They crash you with attrition, and then after you’ve fully flagged, they kill you.
Many feel the Indian team currently touring South Africa has the best chance of conquering the Last Frontier. South Africa is a place where India has yet to win in a series. They came close to the 2010-2011 season drawing 1-1 and were in a winning position in Cape Town in the third game, but MS Dhoni’s unimaginative captaincy allowed the hosts to stay away. .
No Indian captain has invested in speed and fierceness like Kohli. Since that 2018 Johannesburg inspection, South Africa is missing the following personnel – Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.
India still has the core of the team that competed in 2018 and despite an underperforming average roster, it still has the bowling arsenal to not only penetrate but disappoint and do a good job. hegemony.
When the ball stops swinging, Indian pitchers have the mindset of hitting a tree stump with two shots in the middle, one square foot, just two misses and one lap on the edge and waiting for a breakthrough. then go on. for pipes.
Apart from Omicron, South Africa is also ravaged by racism scandals and the migration of quality cricketers to make Kolpak deals in search of a better life in the UK or New Zealand.
Cricket players of the stature of Sunil Gavaskar, Zaheer Khan, Dinesh Karthik and Harbhajan Singh felt that this was India’s best chance to win in South Africa.
South Africa captain Elgar though fired the first warning shot. “I would rather be in our dressing room than India’s, knowing they have to face our pitchers.”
Go to Kohli to retort.