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Updated December 28th, 2023 at 18:14 IST

'India should have had a Plan B': Rohit Sharma's Test captaincy gets panned by Zaheer Khan

Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan slams Rohit Sharma's captaincy following Indian bowlers' poor performance in the first Test against South Africa.

Rohit Sharma in action
Rohit Sharma in action | Image:AP
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Riding on Dean Elgar's 14th Test century, South Africa are in the driver's seat in the 1st Test at the SuperSport Park. The home side has taken the command and has already taken a hefty lead over the visitors. Indian bowlers have failed to find the right line and length throughout the game. 

3 things you need to know

  • India taking on South Africa in the first Test
  • Dean Elgar brought up his 14th Test Ton
  • Indian bowlers had a torrid second day 

Dean Elgar led South African batters enjoyed some brilliant batting

India managed to corner South Africa before lunch as Aiden Markram fell very cheaply. But the Indian pacers couldn't utilise the advantage as the likes of Elgar and Tony de Zorzi made merry against Shardul Thakur and Prasidh Krishna. Both the pacers proved to be quite expensive as the visitors had a lean patch of wickets during that session. Stand-in skipper Elgar went on to smash an excellent 185 as the Proteas have built a healthy lead over India's first-inning total of 245.

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Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan felt Rohit Sharma's captaincy lacked some effort as they should have had a plan B in the game.

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Also Read: 'As far as Yash Dayal is concerned...': RCB coach Andy Flower explains RCB's stance on Indian pacer

Zaheer Khan criticises Rohit Sharma's captaincy

In an interaction with Cricbuzz, he said, "It's important to know what lengths to hit in these conditions, either to get wickets or to keep the batters quiet. Shardul and Prasidh failed to find that length today.

“The session after Lunch when both of them were operating together, that was the time when South Africa played a lot of shots. At that time, India should have had a Plan B or should've made some fielding changes to stop the flow of runs, which would have helped them stay in the contest.”

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Zaheer also insisted the pitch offered plenty of help for the pacers but Indian fast bowlers couldn't take much advantage of the condition. '"With how the pitch was behaving, it didn't look like South Africa batters would go past the score put up by the Indians. But that happened. The Indian bowling unit will sit down after the end of the day and talk about what went wrong."

 

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Published December 28th, 2023 at 17:12 IST

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