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Where India Lost The SA vs IND Test Series?

A bag full of expectations that turned into despair for the Indians is how best one can describe the recently-concluded SA vs IND Test series. The Indian fans were hopeful of finally getting their series win in South Africa, but all that ended in the gloom. After a strong start in the first Test by the Men In Blue, the Proteas bounced back in great style with a solid win in the second Test, putting the series to a decider, and eventually winning the third comfortably.

In this piece, we will be talking about all those points that caught our eye from a well-fought SA vs IND Test series, and where India lost the Test series.

 

Inconsistent Openers

Barring the first innings of the first game, the Indian openers failed to give the away side a solid start, which in turn affected the team and the results henceforth. In recent times, the winning setup of Team India has been banking heavily on the performance of the openers and with Rohit Sharma injured, the side surely struggled for a good start which they’d hoped for.

 

Misfiring Middle Order

Another concern for Team India has been the dreadful form of the middle-order. For teams to outplay the opposition, it is vital for the middle order to perform, but this has been an area of concern that the team management will surely need to look at and then try to fill the void as soon as possible.

 

Missing a Proper All-rounder

What India also missed was the non-availability of a genuine all-rounder in the side. With Ravindra Jadeja injured and Hardik Pandya having fitness and form issues, India missed a vital cog. The absence of a genuine gamechanger looked evident in their performances.

 

Kohli Missing the Second Test

One major turning point of the series could also be the absence of skipper Virat Kohli in the second Test. He missed out at the last moment due to a back spasm, with KL Rahul having to suddenly lead the side in a crucial match. With Team India highly relying on the maestro’s performances and aggression on the field, the lack of both showed and India lost the second test and eventually the series.

 

End of the Road for Pujara and Rahane?

With another set of low scores in the SA vs IND Test Series, the end of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s stay in the Test setup looks very likely. Stringing in averages of just 20.67 and 22.67 respectively, the management will surely look for fresh blood to fill in the spots which have been under the scanner for quite some time.

 

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