It wasn’t a great series for South Africa, especially, in the Test format of the game. After equalling the series in the shortest format of the game, it was expected that South Africa will enter into the series with a renewed energy. But, unfortunately, they failed to take on India’s brilliance. Meanwhile, Zubayr Hamza feels that they should have prepared mentally.
Zubayr Hamza, who is part of the South Africa side in Ranchi feels that the Indian National Cricket Team has been brilliant all sections of the game. He expressed his disappointment for faring pretty poorly despite practising for a long time.
We should have prepared mentally – Zubayr Hamza
South African batsman Zubayr Hamza on Monday acknowledged they should have been better prepared mentally before embarking on what has been a nightmarish India tour.
The 24-year-old got a chance in the Ranchi Test after an injury to Aiden Markram. The youngster impressed with an aggressive 62 in the first innings. It was the only highlight for the visitors on a day they lost 16 wickets.
“I will just say that maybe we should have prepared more mentally in terms of playing them in whatever conditions that we faced,” the 24-year-old Hamza told reporters after stumps on Day 3. Indians are extremely disciplined and professional about the way they go about doing the job. So I wouldn’t say we were under prepared against the seamers,” Hamza said.
“I would say based on the general thought of playing in India, you’d assume that it would be tougher to play against the spinners. In saying that we knew, obviously, first, have to get through the quick bowlers that they’ve got.”
As Zubayr Hamza said, the series also marked the dominance of Indian pacers who overshadowed the spinners at home. It would be interesting to see how South Africa will come out the sorts. Perhaps, they would be looking to stop players from signing Kolpak Deal.