Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said that the fear of losing is one of the main factors behind India’s poor run in South Africa.

India lost the three-match Test series against Dean Elgar-led South Africa by 1-2, even after winning the first match of the Test series in a dominating manner in Centurion.

KL Rahul and Temba Bavuma, India vs South Africa
KL Rahul and Temba Bavuma (Image Credit: Twitter)

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Also, the poor performance of the Indian team continued in the One Day International series as KL Rahul-led India lost the first match by 31 runs and the second match by 7 wickets against the Temba Bavuma-led South Africa. The third and final match of the ODI series is being played at the Newlands, Cape Town on Sunday.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (Image Credit: Twitter)

During a discussion on Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir was asked about the factors behind India’s poor run in South Africa, to which he responded:

“Fear of losing. You don’t play on reputations, Cricket isn’t played on reputations. It is played in the middle. Many people say that India’s top-4 or top-5 is very explosive and very experienced. But the way you play in the middle is the only way to determine results.”

We Need To Look Beyond The Fear Of Losing – Gautam Gambhir

IND vs SA: Fear Of Losing – Gautam Gambhir Reveals The Factors Behind India's Poor Performance In South Africa

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir also said that the Indian team need to look beyond the fear of losing the matches. He said:

We need to look beyond the fear of losing and the fear of own performance, that ‘I shouldn’t get out, I should score runs’.”

Gambhir believes that India need to value the small contributions as they can’t win the ICC tournaments by remaining only stats-driven. He elaborated:

We need to value small contributions as well, not only from team management but from all perspectives (experts and media). Unless you give value to them, you will only remain stats-driven and numbers-driven. And that doesn’t win you series and ICC tournaments. Only a combination of everything will win you big tournaments.”

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