South African skipper Faf Du Plessis chose his words carefully when he answered the questions served up by the Indian captain Virat Kohli over South Africa’s poor away record in India.
Following the 135-run defeat in the 2nd test match at Centurion, Kohli was aggressive in his post-match press conference where he asked few South African journalists over their team’s last tour to India where they were beaten with ease inside 3 days of test matches.
Du Plessis says South Africa have the best away record
While Du Plessis acknowledged his team’s poor record in India the last time he also highlighted that South Africa have the best away record among all the test playing nations in last 24-36 months.
As reported by Mid-day, Du Plessis said: “Our win rate away from home is the best in the world, so we have played some really good cricket. The last time we went to India we didn’t play as well, but I do feel the conditions were touching on extreme.”
“For me, the way to look at that is even the Indian batting line-up struggled in conditions where their spinners were much better than ours. Every Test match lasted three days, and I think there was only one hundred.”
Du Plessis defended the conditions in South Africa for the ongoing test series which he thinks is creating an equal battle between bat and the ball. Both South Africa and India have been bowled out in the 2 test matches and in the end, it has been South Africa’s batting which has been slightly better and South Africa’s bowling which has been miles ahead of India’s pace attack.
India have one test left to make an impression in South Africa otherwise they will receive heavy criticism for being dominant in their own conditions and then surrender while being served seaming conditions away from the subcontinent.
India and Virat Kohli must learn from their tour of South Africa and prepare for their next overseas tour of England which again will be a massive test with James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and possibly Ben Stokes leading the charge with the ball.