Sunday, January 24, 2021

South African legend makes a big claim about India

South African legend speaks about the current Indian team and their preparations

India lost to South Africa in the 1st Test at Cape Town. They have a tough fight to the Proteas in conditions where they haven’t played much cricket. Former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener gave some opinions of the touring side. He said, “I will be honest with you. I don’t see India winning this Test series. I don’t see them winning two Tests on the bounce. Maybe they can win and draw. Coming from 1-0 down, 1-1 will be a good result for them.”

”But to do that, they need to work to a plan. South Africa are a good team with good pacers. India’s only chance is if they can get a big score on the board.” 

On warm-up games:

He was unhappy that India chose not to play the scheduled warm-up games to get accustomed to the conditions. The 46-year-old felt India should have played at least one match before the Test series.

He stated, “Look, it is always good to have a practice game under your belt. If India were touring in the sub-continent, then it wouldn’t be the end-of-the-world if they didn’t play a practice game before the tour. But for them to come to South Africa, it would have been nice for them to have the practice game in foreign conditions.”

Lance Klusener was the Man of the Series in World Cup 1999

Lance Klusener was the Man of the Series in World Cup 1999

“If the shoe was on the other foot, and South Africa were touring India, they would have played at least one practice game to get used to sub-continental conditions.”

On Hardik Pandya:

He was all praises for the young Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya. He feels Pandya is a fantastic all-round prospect and should be groomed properly. Had it not been for Hardik’s brilliant innings of 93 in the 1st innings, India would have gone down way too easily in the match.

“I thought his knock in India’s first innings was fantastic. His batting was excellent in the way he reversed pressure and put it back on South Africa. He is going to be fantastic for India. He is still developing and I think if he could add another yard of pace to his bowling, he would become a truly amazing all-rounder.”

Klusener also brought in the reality that Pandya is bound to fail sometimes but that should not be misunderstood.

“All the signs are there that he is developing into a fantastic all-round prospect. Sure, he is bound to fail a few times the way he plays, but it is better to encourage that positive approach than reel him in. 

“So, he is in good company, whether he plays for Mumbai Indians in IPL or in this Indian team, he is surrounded by a lot of good people. It is their responsibility to nurture him,” Klusener said.

On how to tackle Philander:

“To a bowler of that pace, you have to stand out of the crease and force him to alter his lengths. 

“You need to stand at least half a meter outside the crease, if not a full meter, and force Vernon Philander to bowl shorter lengths at you. You have to take the game to him and be proactive. If you stay in your crease and try to play him, you will be in trouble all day,” the 46-year-old said.

Author’s Take:

India will really have to step-up their batting performance and get a big score on the board to tackle South Africa. The pacers had done their job in the 1st Test and they need to continue the same for the remaining two Tests if India has to come back in the series.


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