New Delhi: Team India, captained by Virat Kohli, suffered a 7-wicket defeat against South Africa in the deciding match of the three-match Test series. With this, India lost the series 2-1 and the dream of winning the series on South African soil once again remained a dream. The biggest culprits of India’s defeat were only 3 players from Playing 11. Had these 3 players not been in the team, then perhaps Team India could have won this series.
Cheteshwar Pujara, once considered the most reliable batsman of Team India, has become the biggest weakness of the team at this time. Pujara scored 43 runs in the first innings of the third Test and only 9 runs in the second innings. Apart from this, Pujara also dropped the catch of Keegan Pietersen in the slips during the second innings of South Africa. This catch was missed when India was in dire need of wickets. Pujara has been compared to current India coach Rahul Dravid and is considered the new wall of the team. But for the last 2 years, Pujara’s form is not known who has been watching. He scored his last century in 2019. Since then he has definitely scored 12 half-centuries. He was also given a lot of opportunities on the South Africa tour but he could not perform according to his name. In such a situation, he is probably seen for the last time on this tour.
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, the responsibility of opening in this series was entrusted to Mayank Agarwal. Agarwal completely failed on this responsibility. In the entire series, this batsman kept the team’s eyes submerged. Mayank scored 15 runs in the first innings of the third Test and only 7 runs in the second innings. He failed every time to give a good start to Team India. Had Mayank also scored a half-century in the third Test, then perhaps the decision could have been different.
Like Pujara, the career of the team’s second batsman Ajinkya Rahane has also reached towards ruin. South Africa tour can prove to be the last for Rahane too. Rahane scored 9 runs in the first innings of the Cape Town Test and just 1 run in the second innings. Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari were ready to take the place of Rahane but the selectors once again took trouble by choosing this batsman. This batsman has been a complete flop for some time now. If Rahane had scored his last century in 2020. Even on the South Africa tour, Rahane has failed so far and he is probably being seen in the team for the last time.