Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has revealed his admiration and lauded the the way in which skipper Virat Kohli led his troops on the recently concluded tour of South Africa. Having lost the Test series 2-1, India bounced back with the help of the spinning-duo, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, in spectacular style during the limited-overs leg of the tour and thrashed the Proteas 5-1 in the ODIs, before also winning the T20I series 2-1.
Sunil Gavaskar in agreement with Virat Kohli
Writing in his column for the Times of India, Sunil Gavaskar stated that he was in complete agreement with Virat Kohli’s view that India only managed to play up to 80 percent of their potential on the long-drawn tour of the Rainbow nation and will strive to get that as close to 100 percent as quickly as possible.
Sunil Gavaskar believes that these are exciting times for Indian cricket and said that every fan must have taken a lot of heart from the team’s performance, especially in the limited overs series.
“The team played like a unit that believed in itself, combined brilliantly in all departments of the game and when required raised the level of their game that the other team failed to match up to. The top four batsmen batted with so much class that the lower order was hardly needed. The opening bowlers choked the runs up at the start of the Proteas innings and then towards the end too,” Gavaskar wrote in his column.
Sunil Gavaskar on Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav
Further moving on to discuss the consistent match-winning shifts put in by the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the six-match ODI series in South Africa, the legendary opener said that he was very impressed by the manner in which India’s spin twins scuppered South Africa’s hopes of breaking free in the middle-overs as “the two wrist spinners, Chahal and Kuldeep made them play the wrong line and made them look like schoolboy cricketers. These two, with their guile and more importantly big heart and super confidence, are going to win many more games for India and not just with the white ball but the red ball too.”
Sunil Gavaskar finally concluded the column by stating that India were a bit unfortunate in losing the Test series and that captain Kohli’s men were very much in the contest in both the lost Test matches, which according to him is yet another significant positive that India can draw from the recently-concluded tour.