After a reckless 3-0 defeat against India in the Test series, the South African Test team have become the centre of attention, owing to their poor performance throughout the series. Former England captain, Michael Vaughan, on Tuesday took to the micro-blogging website Twitter, to take a dig at the below-par performance of the South African team that toured India. The former English batsman tweeted that the current South African Test team is a real concern for the game and also stated that it is time for former player Mark Boucher to take over the team as coach. Vaughan also suggested that the South African team management could use former players Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis in some capacity as well.
This South African Test team is a real concern for the game .. The game needs South Africa to be strong .. Time for @markb46 to take over .. also why wouldn’t you use @GraemeSmith49 & @jacqueskallis75 is some capacity .. #INDvsSA— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 22, 2019
India took only two overs to wrap South Africa’s second innings on Tuesday as they won the third Test by an innings and 202 runs at Ranchi. In the process, they whitewashed South Africa (SA) 3-0. This is not just the 4th biggest innings defeat for SA, but also only the third time since re-admission that the team has lost all matches in a series involving three or more Tests. The last occasion in which SA lost two or more consecutive Tests in a series by an innings margin, was against Australia at home in the 1935-36 season. Furthermore, on his own, opener Rohit Sharma scored more runs in an innings (212) than what the entire SA team could manage in each innings respectively.
SA’s woes were summed up by the fact that pacer Umesh Yadav also hit a quickfire 31 from simply 10 balls with 5 huge sixes. On the other hand, SA could not handle India’s fiery pace attack and the wily spinners, collapsing for 162. Only Zubayr Hamza put up some fight scoring a half-century. Thereafter, India imposed the follow-on. But SA’s response failed to be different as they lost their top order batsmen very early in the innings. Apart from Ravichandran Ashwin, every bowler rose to the occasion. Debutant left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem picked two wickets in each innings. He took the final wicket of the SA innings to secure an 11th straight series win for India on home soil.