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Was India's late arrival in SA responsible for their poor showing?

January 17, 2018 20:50 IST

'Our team did not have enough time to get acclimatised to those conditions.'

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IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. Photograph: BCCI

Former cricketer Ajit Wadekar blamed the lack of time for Team India to acclimatise in South Africa for their humiliating Test series loss to the Proteas.

The 135-run defeat in the second Test in Centurion on Wednesday ended India's nine-Test series winning run as South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match rubber.

 

The Virat Kohli-led side had lost the first Test in Cape Town by 72 runs.

The 76-year-old former India skipper, however, praised the captaincy of Kohli.

"He (Kohli) is a good captain, but basically (in) South Africa (it) is very difficult to win, because the wickets are very fast.

"Our team did not have enough time to get acclimatised to those conditions (in South Africa) and that may be the reason (for the loss)," Wadekar said.

India had decided not to play a practice game going into the first Test at Cape Town, which eventually they lost as the batsmen faltered in the second innings and the team folded up for 135.

A similar collapse was witnessed in the second game with the batsmen making a beeline to the pavilion and surrendering before the South African pace attack.

Asked whether lessons needed to be learnt by those who organise overseas tours, Wadekar quipped, "I hope they learn the lesson because, they never seem to be learning the lessons and that's the problem with them. Most of the guys (who are) in the Board (BCCI) haven't (ever) handled the bat."

India face the hosts in the third Test at Johannesburg next week and Wadekar feels the visitors should show some fight and look to avoid a clean sweep.

"We should try to fight it out. Generally, we play the same eleven and make one or two changes. Now those who are in reserve may be given a chance to see their potential at the highest level...that is very essential," Wadekar said when quizzed how should the team approach the third Test.

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