“Dream Turned Into A Nightmare”: Sunil Gavaskar “Astonished” By

Sunil Gavaskar said he was surprised by India’s strategy after lunch on the fourth day.© AFP

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar criticized the team’s strategy in the post-lunch session on the fourth day of the third and final Test, in which the visiting team suffered a seven-wicket loss at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday. The win in Cape Town helped South Africa remain undefeated against India in the home Test series. India had won the canter in the opening Test, but lost the next two matches in a big way. Gavaskar said India’s dream of winning the first Test series on South African soil has turned into a “nightmare”.

Gavaskar was particularly “astonished” by some of India’s strategy after the lunch break on the fourth day.

“India’s cricket after lunch has amazed me. One would have thought you would make one last attempt, bring in Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami to bowl. Because after a gap, the batsmen have to reset India’s dream of winning a series for the first time in South Africa has turned into a nightmare,” the former India cricketer said on-air while commenting on the match.

“What can one say? These two wins are comprehensive for South Africa, again a seven-wicket win – seven wickets in Johannesburg and seven wickets here.”

Gavaskar said India’s emphatic win in the opening Test at Centurion gave him the confidence to score 3-0 in favor of the visitors. The former India opener also pointed to the “fragility” of the South African batting and their “inexperienced” bowling line-up.

“Still haven’t gone close, India had a big win in the first Test and I really thought it would be the blueprint for the next two Tests as well. It didn’t happen.”

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“Win margin that is great for South Africa. But as far as India are concerned, it’s hard to understand. The way they dominated that first Test, really thought they would be able to win the series . I was thinking in terms of the 3.-0 series, because of the fragility of the South African batting. The fact that Nortje was not playing – it was again a big plus for India because you had two inexperienced bowlers, Gavaskar said.

After failing to win the last boundary, India’s focus will now be on the three-match ODI series starting January 19 at Boland Park in Paarl.

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