Latest Cricket News: On Friday, the Indian team suffered a crushing seven-wicket loss in the series-deciding third Test in Cape Town. Virat Kohli’s team, who had taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, lost the final two games in Johannesburg and Cape Town, respectively, as their hopes of ending a winless Test series skid in South Africa were shattered once more.
India’s batting performance was criticised harshly, with captain Virat Kohli claiming that the players lacked “application,” and former Pakistan captain Salman Butt also criticising the batting selection. But remarked on his own YouTube channel that India needs to “rethink” their approach in the longest format and that the team relied on out-of-form players.
“India has to reconsider its strategy. Form and experience are both important. In South Africa, though, we witnessed Rahane and Pujara being favoured over in-form guys. You’re depending on out-of-form experienced players on seamer-friendly fields. You’re also only bringing five specialist batters into the game. At least three players out of the five had doubts about their form. “This was going to make life really difficult, and that’s exactly what we observed,” Butt explained.
The presence of Rohit Sharma, combined with an in-form Kohli, has frequently covered the other batsmen, who are otherwise the team’s “weak” links, according to the former Pakistan captain.
“When Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are in form, they bat so well that they overshadow the Indian batting’s flaws.” Rohit, on the other hand, was unable to participate due to injury. Kohli is in good form, but he isn’t putting up massive numbers. As a result, the other batters bore a greater share of the blame, yet their response fell short of expectations,” Butt said.
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