Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Pujara failed to perform in the 3 game test series against South Africa.©TBEN
Former Indian cricketer Atul Wassan has expressed his disappointment after South Africa beat the Men in Blue to win the three-game series 2-1 at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday. India had won the first Test by 113 runs, but South Africa recorded victories in the second and third Tests to clinch the series. “Certainly this team is not what we have seen before. I am disappointed not shocked as these things happen in cricket but I did not expect this kind of response. It is a good sign for south cricket -african because they were falling a bit of There were England, Australia and India dominating A good South African team will work very well for Indian cricket Not having won the series and lost the series is disheartening but lessons to be learned,” Atul Wassan told ANI.
“I think Rahul Dravid was where we were in the series after leading 1-0. They’ve done that before but yeah they’re the weakest team but looking back you can see the way their batsmen played, especially Petersen and Bavuma and Van der Dussen. So they played very well. It shows that they have potential and beating a team like India will also help them do better at overseas,” he added.
Wassan further stated that Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are not doing enough for the team and may not get more chances in the future.
“I think the ship sailed for Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara because they don’t do enough. Odd 40 and odd 50 won’t work for them, it’s not expected. Our batsmen lost us the series this time. They didn’t give the bowlers enough runs to defend 20 wickets,” Wassan said.
“We saw the wickets getting easier as the game went on and we saw these guys scoring runs. So it was identical to what happened in the last two Test matches. The foul So the onus is on Pujara and Rahane. The Indian team invested a lot in them and we wanted them to feel counted and they didn’t make it count,” he added.
Needing 41 races to win after lunch on Day 4, Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma easily took South Africa over the line on Friday. as a result, India failed to win their first Test series on South African soil after losing the third game by seven wickets.
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