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Updated January 7th, 2024 at 11:27 IST

‘You cannot point fingers at just one…’- Sunil Gavaskar defends batter after poor display vs SA

Sunil Gavaskar expresses faith in star batters' potential in Test cricket, emphasizing the challenges faced by him and other players in South Africa.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar | Image:PTI
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The Test series between the Indian cricket team and South Africa has just concluded. In the first Test at the Centurion, visitors lost to the hosts. Nonetheless, they made a fantastic comeback to level the series against South Africa in the second Test, which Rohit Sharma's team won by seven wickets in Cape Town. India, which is presently ranked second in the WTC standings, will now play Afghanistan in a three-match Twenty20 International series that begins on January 11, 2024, at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

3 things you need to know 

  • India beat South Africa in the 2nd Test by 7 wickets 
  • India vs South Africa series ended in a tie, 1-1
  • India vs Afghanistan 1st T20I will be played on January 11, 2024

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Sunil Gavaskar made a huge statement regarding Shreyas Iyer in Test cricket

Sunil Gavaskar believes the selectors would give Shreyas Iyer a longer run in Test cricket, despite the batsman's disappointing showing against South Africa. Shreyas struggled in the two-Test series against the Proteas, scoring only 41 runs and averaging 13.67. Despite a 31-run performance in the opening innings of the first Test, he was removed for six and a duck in his following two innings. However, he delivered the winning strike in the second innings of the Cape Town Test. Gavaskar's anticipation demonstrates his conviction in Shreyas Iyer's ability as well as the necessity of enabling players to overcome transitory setbacks.

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Sunil Gavaskar stated on Star Sports that blaming Shreyas Iyer alone for India's poor batting performances in South Africa would be unjust. Only Virat Kohli and KL Rahul among the visiting players made significant contributions with the bat in the difficult circumstances, according to Gavaskar. He said:

"Shreyas Iyer is not the only player who failed because it's not easy for any batter on these pitches. If you see, barring Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, no one else scored too many runs."

"You cannot point fingers at just one player. So I feel the selection committee will also think that he should probably be given more chances."

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Virat Kohli (172) and KL Rahul (113) were the only Indian batsmen to score more than 100 runs with an average above 20 in the two-match series against South Africa. This figure demonstrates the difficulties the Indian batting order encountered during the series.

Yashasvi Jaiswal (12.50) was the only player to beat Shreyas Iyer, who had the second-lowest average of the top six, during his difficult performance. These figures highlight the Indian team's batting difficulties in South Africa and highlight the necessity for the top order to step up and contribute.

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Published January 7th, 2024 at 11:27 IST

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