India vs South Africa: Former captain Ajit Wadekar blames lack of time for visitors to acclimatise for series loss

Former cricketer Ajit Wadekar has blamed the lack of time for Team India to "acclimatise" in South Africa for their humiliating Test series loss to the Proteas.

PTI, Jan 18, 2018 11:09:11 IST

Mumbai: Former cricketer Ajit Wadekar has blamed the lack of time for Team India to "acclimatise" in South Africa for their humiliating Test series loss to the Proteas. The 135-run defeat in Centurion ended India's nine-Test series winning run as South Africa took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match rubber.

The Virat Kohli-led side had lost the first Test in Cape Town by 72 runs.The 76-year-old former India skipper, however, praised the captaincy of Kohli.

India vs South Africa: Former captain Ajit Wadekar blames lack of time for visitors to acclimatise for series loss

The Indian team didn't play a single practice game ahead of the SA tour. AP

"He (Kohli) is a good captain, but basically (in) South Africa (it) is very difficult to win, because the wickets are very fast.

"Our team did not have enough time to get acclimatised to those conditions (in South Africa) and that may be the reason (for the loss)," Wadekar told PTI.

India had decided not to play the practise game going into the first Test at Cape Town, which eventually they lost as the batsmen faltered in the second innings and the team folded up for 135. A similar collapse was witnessed with the batsmen making a beeline to the pavilion and surrendering before the South African pace attack.

Asked whether lessons needed to be learnt by those who organise overseas tours, Wadekar quipped, "I hope they learn the lesson because, they never seem to be learning the lessons and that's the problem with them. Most of the guys (who are) in the (Cricket) Board haven't (ever) handled the bat."

India face the hosts in the third Test at Johannesburg next week and Wadekar feels the visitors should show some fight.

"We should try to fight it out. Generally, we play the same eleven and make one or two changes. Now those who are in reserve may be given a chance to see their potential at the highest level...that is very essential," Wadekar said when quizzed how should the team approach the third Test.

Meanwhile, former India player Lalchand Rajput said that credit should be given to South Africa for the way they played in the second Test.

"Give credit to SA (South Africa), the way they bowled and batted in both the innings (in the second Test)," Rajput told PTI.

"Again as usual Virat Kohli was the key (for) batting in the first innings and when he bats pitch looks easy. We had our chances, but could not hold to it but credit to SA for playing good cricket," Rajput, a domestic bulwark, said.

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Updated Date: Jan 18, 2018 11:09:11 IST






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