And "The search" of series win continues- An Article by Ashwin Jangam
The Indian team lost the series in South Africa yet again. Men in Blue have never won a Test series in South Africa. This was probably the best chance for them to win the series and create history. The Protea team was comparatively less experienced, and with India going with a full-strength squad, everyone expected India to win the series.
Breaching the Protea fortress at Centurion, India started well. Top-order contributed significantly, bowlers did a fabulous job. Looked like the expected thing will turn into a reality. In addition to this, the sudden retirement of the most experienced Quinton De Cock from the Protea team added to the Men in Blue's chances of winning. But the Protea team came back stronger than ever and won both the remaining games, sealing the series. When no one expected them to win a match, they won the freedom series. So what exactly went wrong for Men in Blue ??
The answer is simple. The only thing which was different for both sides was their middle order. The difference in the way Protea batters played and Indian batters played was visible to everyone. The inexperienced Protea middle order played sensibly in the second and third test match, something which the experienced Indian order couldn't capitalise.