India are facing a barrage of criticism from back home after their meek surrender of the ODI series following the Test series loss.
The Men in Blue, who have beaten Australia in Australia in recent years, will now be going back home from Africa empty-handed and humiliated.
The second ODI defeat was the doing of another lackluster display in the middle overs and another ineffective bowling performance.
The mighty unit that not so long ago seemed invincible, now under new leadership, suddenly looks very weak and meek. Surely, Rohit Sharma’s absence is being felt but still, that’s no excuse for Team India to lose four straight matches in all formats against a side not completely out of transition.
South Africa are in heaven. They must be! After all, they have humbled arguably the biggest Asian side on four straight occasions and clinched both the Test and ODIs trophies.
Now the dilemma for them is whether to continue to go at full strength or try some of the untried. The opportunity to whitewash the mighty Indian side would probably overtake them.
What’s remarkable about the South African victory is that Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje – their two best pacers – are not even playing. Had they been available, just imagine the carnage they’d have made.
And what’s surprising about the Proteas is the comfort with which they have batted through the series. In the last game, chasing 288 could have been tricky but the African pairing of Janneman Malan (91) and Quinton de Kock (78) formed a 132-run partnership and pretty much won the game and the series. The rest was a formality.
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