Former South African cricketer Boeta Dippenaar has opined that Virat Kohli and his men will have some level of regret over the series loss against South Africa in the Test series. This was India’s ninth tour to South Africa and MS Dhoni remains the only Indian captain to draw a series in South Africa.
India lost the three-match test series in South Africa 2-1 on Friday as South Africa won the third test in Cape Town by seven wickets and recorded one win. The Indian test team has performed well when it toured Australia and England last year.
The series was another opportunity to Virat Kohli to secure another overseas series win. Reflecting on the outcome of the series, former South African cricketer Boeta Dippenar believes that Virat Kohli and his men will regret missing out on the chance to win the series. He also said that Kohli will surely raise a CPI Trophy before hanging up the cricket boots.
“I am sure he will win an ICC trophy. He is too experienced a player that defeating a series will do him a bad thing. He has given a lot to cricket. I think he’ll probably talk to his teammates and reevaluate the series: what he can do and what he can’t. I seriously believe that India missed a great chance to win their first test series in South Africa. I think Virat and his men will look back and have some regret. The opportunity was there for them, but they didn’t take it,” Dippenaar told TimesofIndia.com.
“We will probably still see a new era of Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the colors of Indian cricket. In the twilight of his career, he will be much better than before, if he doesn’t have the burden of the captaincy.”
India were considered favorites before the series and got off to a winning start with a victory at the Centurion. South Africa bounced back and won the remaining two matches, preventing India from earning a first Test series victory in South Africa. India set a target of 212 for South Africa in the second innings of the Cape Town Test and the hosts completed the chase to set up a seven-wicket victory. This was India’s ninth tour to South Africa and MS Dhoni he remains the only Indian captain to draw a test series in South Africa.
“It’s an incredible win for South Africa because we know how they started the series, how their players’ forms were. I think very few people promoted South Africa as the winners before the series. I even thought that India would win the series. India had a chance to win its inaugural test series in South Africa but missed out on the opportunity. But the credit goes to South Africa. The South African players showed more character than the Indian team. This was the big difference between the two teams”, he stated.
“The animosity in the (South African) boardroom certainly helped unify the team to say: we are on our own, we must come together and support each other. This helped this largely inexperienced team outperform a very good and experienced Indian team.”
Hitting was a disappointing area for the visitors. but Raul KL other Rishabh Trousers he hit well scoring 226 and 186 runs respectively while Virat Kohli also scored 161 in the two games. ajinkya rahane other Cheteshwar bid once again he was unable to score runs consistently. Rahane managed 136 runs in three tests, while Pujara racked up 124 runs in three tests with an average of 20.67.
“India’s batting was problematic. The Indian batsmen were not consistent. Great skills are also needed to bowl a South African wicket. Because SA grounds are more useful for bowlers. It must force a hitter to play forward and into the midfield. Indian bowlers bowled too full or too short and were not consistent with their lengths. If you look at Kagiso Rabada, he manages to hit that line and length regularly and better than Indian bowlers. Keegan Peterson was amazing. He managed to tackle the Indian rhythm bravely,” he explained.
An incident involving ball-tracking technology saw an Indian player express his frustration with the stumps microphone. Elgar looked OUT LBW with the naked eye, but the decision was reversed as ball tracking technology showed the ball missed the stumps due to rebound. Reflecting on the incident, Dippenaar admitted that the DRS is not 100 percent accurate.
“There are always some decisions that we think should have gone the other way, should have been different. The passion that Virat shows us for the game and his team. And we love to see that. He adds flavor to the game and people love his energy. It shows a fine balance between emotion, passion and excess. This is the key part.”
“I’m not convinced that DRS is 100 percent accurate. I’ve seen one or two pitches where the ball was thrown on impact with the bag and then the follow-through just didn’t make sense (with) the angle at which the ball was coming. So, it’s always hard to say. We live in an imperfect world. In my opinion, as a whole, DRS has definitely gotten better with decision making. They’re not making blatantly wrong decisions that we’ve seen in the past.”