India were a superior team, series defeat against South Africa is going to pinch: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra feels India’s series defeat in the South Africa Tests will hurt badly, as the visitors were a much superior side to the hosts.

South Africa deserves to be praised after series win over India: Aakash Chopra (Reuters Photo)

South Africa deserves to be praised after series win over India: Aakash Chopra (Reuters Photo)

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  • India were a superior team, series defeat vs SA going to pinch: Chopra
  • South Africa deserves to be praised after series win over India: Aakash Chopra
  • South Africa registered a come from behind series win over India

Former opener Aakash Chopra believes India’s Test series defeat to South Africa will hurt badly as the visitors were a much superior side to the hosts and deemed as favourites to win.

South Africa completed a seven-wicket victory in the third and final Test at Newlands on Friday to take the series win, having come into the contest against number one ranked India as underdogs given their relative level of inexperience.

The result means India are still in search of a first Test series victory in South Africa, having had high hopes when they won the opening match. The teams will now play three ODIs starting in Paarl on Wednesday.

“If you do a man-to-man marking with the opposing team, India was a much superior team. You won all the tosses; you allow more than 200 runs to be chased in the fourth innings, that too easily. It means this loss is going to pinch,” Aakash Chopra said in a video shared on his YouTube channel.

“We won the first Test, conquered the Centurion fort, but after that loss at the Wanderers, (we) have now lost in Cape Town. The 2018 loss had hurt, but that was a contest between two evenly matched sides. Batting had let us down there also.”

Chopra further said that it is rare that the Indian team heads into an overseas series in unfamiliar conditions as the favourites. He observed in this regard while praising South Africa:

“South Africa will have to be praised because it is a young side. It is a team against whom when you started playing, you felt that you start as favourites. When has it happened last time that you have gone to South Africa, England or Australia, where you said that you are the favorites to win, it happens very rarely,” Chopra added.

“But that was the case here because Anrich Nortje was not there; Quinton de Kock announces his retirement; it is a very young side where Keegan Petersen has played just two Tests before this, Rassie van der Dussen had not scored too many runs; Markram was already in and out. Your team looked much superior in batting, but it did not happen like that,” Chopra further said.

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