Indian Cricket Team celebrate victory at Centurion. (Photo: Twitter)

Last Update on: January 15th, 2022 at 04:44 pm

Former South African cricketer Boeta Dippenaar pinned the series loss on India’s batting, claiming that they were inconsistent and not up to the mark as required on African pitches.

India lost the 3-match series by 1-2 despite winning the first Test comfortably. As expected, it was the batting that let them down as they managed to put up totals in excess of 250 only once – in the first innings of the first Test.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Photo-Getty
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Photo-Getty

India’s batting was problematic. Indian batsmen weren’t consistent. It also takes great skills to bowl on a South African wicket. Because the SA wickets are more helpful to the bowlers. You need to force a batsman to play forward and towards the mid-off area,” Dippenaar told TOI in an interview.

“He managed to tackle the Indian pacers bravely” – Boeta Dippenaar on Keegan Petersen

South African batter Keegan Petersen was the best batter amongst both sides and he deservedly won the Player of the Series award having scored 276 runs in the three matches. It included three fifties, two of which came in the final Test.

Keegan Petersen, Boeta Dippenaar
Keegan Petersen. (Photo: Twitter)

Indian bowlers were bowling either too full or too short and weren’t consistent with their lengths. If you watch Kagiso Rabada, he managed to hit that line and length regularly and better than the Indian bowlers. Keegan Petersen was awesome. He managed to tackle the Indian pace bravely,” Dippenaar further mentioned.

Although none of the South African batters managed to score a century, they won on the back of partnerships and contributions from their sturdy middle-order.

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