Folks, it is not the hardest question to answer why South Africa lost series. However, there are some factors that can some rays on this particular agenda.
Retirement of Greats of games
We all know, what Hashim Amla & Ab De Villers can deliver on their day. They are greats of the modern game. South Africa do felt their absence very badly in the series. Moreover, they looked very flat as a batting unit.
Inexperience in their batting lineup had hurt their campaign very badly. last time when South Africa visited India, Ab De Villiers has shown tremendous religion against the spinner. But this time around they hardly found someone who could match the role of these great players.
Weak Bowling Attack
South African bowlers were not at their level best in the series, they looked very erratic with their spells.
As a result, Indian batting took full advantage of the weak bowling attack. However, Kagiso Rabada looked good in patches, but not entirely impressive. As a premier bowler of the team, his performance was really critical for the team. But he failed along with Philander to deliver for the team.
The difference between the quality of the spin attack of both teams was the big deciding factor. Keshav Maharaj spent 85 runs per wicket in the series, he is also the second-highest wicket-taker of his team. So itself giving the indication of how terrible they were as a bowling unit.
Not enough homework to counter the spin
South African batsmen do not seem to have the proper plan to counter the Indian spin threat. As a batting unit, they looked in complete disarray. Captain Du Plessis has played some inspiring knock, but not good enough to rescue his team from the trouble.
Moreover, they looked unprepared for this India series. Although they have a substantial amount of test cricket in the Asian subcontinent, still they have not learned the art of playing spin.
South Africans did not look that they are at their peak in terms of mental strength. There was a lot of pressure on them during the series.
South African batsman Hamza stated that.
I will just say that maybe we should have prepared more mentally in terms of playing them in whatever conditions that we faced.
Failure of the openers
In the Indian condition, the role of the openers is very crucial for setting the tone for the next batsmen. In particular, Aiden Markram failed to make his mark as an opener in the series. While Dean Elgar played a good knock but failed to maintain his consistency in remaining matches.
Failed to play as a team
If we analyze South Africa’s performance against India, we can find many individuals’ excellence. While to do well in test format in India it is supremely important to play as a team. They really failed in this department. Quinton De Kock, Dean Elgar, and Du Plessis all of them played some good cricket in patches.
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