India opener, Shikhar Dhawan, during the post-match conference, asserted it couldn’t get any better for him – scoring a ton on his 100th game. Only eight other batsmen have managed to achieve the feat in ODIs.
He later revealed the successful wrist-spinning duo of Chahal and Kuldeep had a bad day at the office. Moreover, the team still backs the abilities of the young spinners, as they have been splendid throughout the series.
“I enjoyed it. It cannot get any better. In my 100th match, I scored a century, very happy about it. Yeah, they [South Africa] came up with plans. I adjusted to those things, started off well. From the other end, Virat was also doing well. I have been playing well, want to continue the good work,” commented Shikhar Dhawan during the post-match conference.
“They are young guys. They have done very well for us. Anyone can have a bad day. These two spinners won three games for us. My support is always with them,” remarked Dhawan after the Indian spin-twins lost them the match.
However, things could have been different for India had Chahal not overstepped the line, as he dismissed Miller off a no-ball. Killer Miller, after getting two lives, made most of it and helped South Africa clinch their first win of the ODI series.
It is not the first time bowlers have cost the match for India with their no balls. The finals of Champions Trophy against Pakistan comes to mind immediately with Bumrah overstepping the line. That gave life to Fakhar Zaman who smashed a ton later.
Hardik Pandya is also accused of the cardinal sin of overstepping the line at key moments of the game. During the semis of World T20 2016, Pandya gave a couple of lives of Lendl Simmons who took West Indies to the finals later.
“Usually, our spinners don’t bowl any no-balls. But sometimes, luck favours the opposition too, [and] not just for us. It favoured Miller, he took it with both the hands, he smacked a lot of boundaries and changed the momentum,” further augmented the southpaw.
“As I said, it’s not a thing that happens every time. They got hit and they will learn a lot of things. It is important to go through failures to learn in life. It’s just one loss. We’ve already won three games, just one more win and we will be through,” concluded Shikhar Dhawan.