Questions were constantly raised over odd team selections, including Ajinkya Rahane, one of India's best batsmen in pacey conditions, being left out for the first two tests of the series.
As India sealed a sensational victory in the final Test against South Africa at Johannesurg, the boys made a decision to celebrate the win in style.It was one of the most hard pitches in recent times and India showed great guts to fight it out in conditions which were favourable to the hosts with pace and bounce.However, leading the celebrations was coach Ravi Shastri as he was seen enjoying a cold beverage, in an image he shared on his Twitter. "You have to win four games to guarantee the series". It was clearly a mistake to not pick Rahane for the first two Tests, as he proved in Johannesburg, and as he has proved in the past. India have waited a long while for a player of his all-round talents but they can not blood him into a line-up that is being tasked to achieve feats other Indian teams haven't managed.
"I don't know whether we should be telling people what to do or what we would like‚ but we look forward to playing on good pitches".
Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada each took 15 wickets across three Tests against India, with the former taking his poles at 15.86 runs apiece.
The big story before the five-day games was about how this was India's chance to create history by winning their first Test series on South African soil. I guess the thing with Australia and South Africa is the conditions are probably the two most similar around the world.
India didn't need spinners to engineer collapses anymore, the pacers were doing it for them this series. If this is the biggest series you are playing as a team, you can't let silly scheduling get in the way of preparations.
Cheteshwar Pujara showed patience and determination against the South African pace quartet and scored a fifty. Du Plessis, AB De Villiers, Dean Elgar et al will help keep them grounded, and South Africa have a strong blend of youth and experience, and greater continuity than England, so they will be a real threat. Last time we lost the series and before that as well. But it is a long series; it is a six-match series. We already had the belief but now we have the result to back that as well.
The best sportsbooks will have odds, check out reviews and find one that is highly rated, and you will see that Australia are favourites to win the series.
While India don't get the benefit of a break after a tiring Test series, they do have some new faces coming in for the limited overs games.
India, too, have a biq squad, with only eight of nine of their 17 players having played in the Test series.
"We are the number one team in the world and we certainly played like that", he said.
"We are very keen to win the series". Fortunately for batsmen, the pitches for the ODI series aren't going to be as intimidating as the ones for the Test series were, with Duminy saying he expected a lot more batting-friendly surfaces. "As a captain, I am really happy for them", he added.
Gibson had hoped a change of scenery would do De Kock good.
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