Proteas drub top ranked India to humiliating Test series defeat 2-1
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Proteas drub top ranked India to humiliating Test series defeat 2-1

January 16, 2022

By V.N. Prasad

Heartiest congratulations to the young Proteas who gathered all their might to register a 2-1 victory over the favourites, India. It was monumental effort in all departments of the game; turning the result into a ‘Nightmare’ for Indians; bruising their ego beyond belief; a shameful disposition considering the expectations; not only in India but also across the world.

Kudos to KG Rabada, Player of the Series, on scalping 20 in 3 Tests and to Keegan Petersen, Man of the Match, who aggregated 276 at 46. Hats off to skipper Elgar for the foundations laid and to VD Dussen and the stylish shortie T. Bavuma (reminding us of Gus Logie) who anchored magnificently. Young Marco Jansen with 19 scalps was also lethal.

All discerning cricket enthusiasts will surely agree with me that it was a ‘Self Inflicted’ humiliation than one imposed by the Proteas. Mohinder Amarnath said long ago that the team selectors are a ‘Bunch of Jokers’. It was not different here.

I am sorry. Cricketing brains of the selectors fell terribly short of fundamentals in picking failed duo in Ajinkya Rahane (Ave 23) and Cheteshwar Pujara (Ave 21). Resting on their laurels and benching young upcoming talents has not only proven disastrous but also criminal; for you have frustrated them because you lacked elementary cricketing brains. Likes of Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Suryakumar Yadav will be cursing the selectors under their breath and rightly so. In 2016, they killed Karun Nair after he scored a triple century against the English. No surprise if others are consigned to the same fate. I wonder if it is ‘Indian Mentality’ to oppress/ frustrate talents.

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It sounds bizarre to think or say that our opening pair is a “Set One”. Sporadic performances do not establish character. Both KLR and Mayank proved terribly inconsistent. Knowing well that the middle order lacks the spine they had the responsibility to dig in and play long innings.

It was well-known that the tracks in SA are hard and bouncy. Our bowlers extracted as much flesh as their bowlers did. But, they got better nip off the track that skittled our batsmen though names of our batsmen on paper appeared strong.

Well, earlier teams — Hashim Amla, Markram, A.B. De Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, Herschelle Gibbs, J. P. Duminy, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, Morkel — could make skeletons shiver in teams across board. But, the current ones — barring Dean Elgar, KG Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and to an extent K. Maharaj — were unknown but yet pulled off convincing victories at the Wanderers and Newlands.

In summary, we enjoyed great cricket by the Proteas. Thank you guys for the great entertainment. All our bowlers excelled with the Cherry. Sorry guys. Our Batsmen let you down. Hope our boys will fare well in the ODIs. Best to them.

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Proteas drub top ranked India to humiliating Test series defeat 2-1”

  1. boregowda says:

    It is the network and connection culture that is ruining Indian cricket. Each player plays for his own and not for the country any more. The only option left is to overhaul the selection committee, and they too are well connected – who will bell the cat???

  2. boregowda says:

    To rub salt in the wound, Proteas drub India in one day matches as well. Indian team are only fit to compete with bottom teams and local leagues

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