Former Indian captain and swashbuckling opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth has accused South Africa of putting in dismal, embarrassing and lethargic performances in the ongoing One-day international (ODI) series against India, saying that the manner of their defeat in the first two matches has ‘left everyone a tad embarrassed’.
Despite all the injury problems that the Proteas have suffered in this series, Srikkanth said that South Africa have failed to display the fighting qualities that one would normally associate with a top-ranked ODI team.
“For all practical purposes, the one-day series looks over and out. South Africa have hardly displayed the fighting qualities that one would normally associate with a top-ranked team. Frankly their performance has left everyone a tad embarrassed,” Srikkanth wrote in his column for the Times of India.
South Africa too dependent on Ab de Villiers and Faf du Plessis
“I understand that the hosts are missing their two premier batsmen due to injury, but don’t tell me that the team is so heavily dependent on AB and Faf that they can’t even put up a fight against two wrist spinners who are not very experienced,” he further added.
With batting mainstay AB de Villiers ruled out for the first three ODIs, South Africa suffered a massive blow when captain Faf du Plessis also got injured after scoring a sublime century in the series opener in Durban. To further compound matters for the Proteas, wicket-keeper and opener Quinton de Kock was also ruled out after taking part in the first two games, leaving the hosts’ top-order extremely vulnerable and light. Srikkanth said,
“Now with Quinton de Kock also ruled out, I am not even able to imagine the top-order putting a semblance of a fight. The only way out could be India drop their level drastically. I don’t see that happening and the 5-1 verdict that I predicted could actually go wrong”.
While slating the home side’s performances, Srikkanth also lauded the efforts of wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, stating that the spin twins are bowling at a different level altogether.
Credit to Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal
“Full credit to Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal to make the batsmen dance to their tune. Chahal has been particularly impressive with his air speed while Kuldeep, for a left-arm chinaman, has shown effective control.”
“The Indians have found a piece for each jigsaw. The bowling unit is looking fine and so are the batsmen. Rahane’s return is the most welcome sign. I just hope the top four is not tampered with. I have always believed a winning combination must remain and I am sure the changes will be made after the series is wrapped. Heartening to see an Indian team dominate overseas. Sincerely hope they don’t let go of the intensity and make it count in the matches to come,” Srikkanth concluded.