Former Indian speedster Ashish Nehra has opined that the problems for the Dean Elgar-led South Africa National Cricket Team have increased with the retirement of wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock.
De Kock shocked the cricketing world with his retirement announcement from Test cricket just after South Africa’s 113-run defeat against India in the first Test at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
Speaking on Cricbuzz, former India pacer Nehra said that the gap between India and South Africa is huge and De Kock’s departure is a concern for Dean Elgar and the entire Proteas team.
“India will look to continue their work from 2021. I see a huge gap between the two teams now. South Africa have been going through some problems recently, and now the problems for SA are deeper with de Kock’s retirement.
“He was experienced and a key player in the squad. Dean Elgar would wish that he has senior players around him, and de Kock’s departure is a concern,” he said.
India Managed To Win Comprehensively Even Though The Middle Order Did Not Fire – Ashish Nehra
Former Indian pacer feels that there are ” too many ifs and buts ” for the Proteas side, however, everything is going smooth for the Indian team as they won the Centurion Test despite the middle-order not contributing enough runs.
“Too many ifs and buts going on for South Africa at the moment. On the other hand, if you look at India, and the way they won the first contest, things have been good. They managed to win comprehensively even though the middle order of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane did not fire,” he added.
After the comprehensive victory in the first Test India will be eyeing clinching the three-match series by winning the second Test which will begin at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Monday.
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