SA vs IND: Sunil Gavaskar questions India’s tactics on Day 4 of Cape Town Test defeat

Batting great Sunil Gavaskar was not happy with India’s tactics after lunch on Day 4 of the Cape Town Test after South Africa chased down the 212-run target at Newlands.

SA vs IND: Mystery why Shardul, Bumrah did not bowl after lunch on Day 4, says Sunil Gavaskar (Reuters Photo)

SA vs IND: Mystery why Shardul, Bumrah did not bowl after lunch on Day 4, says Sunil Gavaskar (Reuters Photo)

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  • Mystery why Shardul, Bumrah did not bowl after lunch on Day 4: Sunil Gavaskar
  • Gavaskar questioned India’s tactics on Day 4 of Cape Town Test defeat
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Batting great Sunil Gavaskar questioned India’s tactics after lunch on Day 4 of the Cape Town Test after South Africa chased down the 212-run target to seal a 2-1 series win over Virat Kohli’s side on Friday. South Africa completed a seven-wicket victory over world number one India after lunch on the fourth day of the decisive third and final Test at Newlands to claim the series 2-1 on Friday.

South Africa needed a further 41 runs for victory when both teams headed for lunch on Day 4. However, they scored the remaining runs in just 8.3 overs after lunch and Gavaskar was surprised by India’s tactics of not using Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, or Shardul Thakur in the afternoon session.

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“It was a mystery to me why Shardul Thakur and Jasprit Bumrah did not bowl after lunch. It was almost as if India had decided that they are not going to win this,” Gavaskar told broadcasters after India’s series defeat on Friday.

Gavaskar pointed out the defensive field placement in R Ashwin’s over.

“The field placements there were for Ashwin (was not right)… There were singles available easily. Five fielders were in the deep. Let the batters take a chance that is your only opportunity to get them out,” Gavaskar added.

Gavaskar, however, credited the South African batters for their herculean effort as the hosts had chased down a 200-plus target for the second successive time in the series.

“The pitches weren’t the best for batting but the application shown by the South Africans in Johannesburg, the application shown by them in this Test as well has been praiseworthy. That showed the character of the team,” Gavaskar further said.

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.

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