South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis recalled India’s tour to the rainbow nation in 2018, as he said that they were hoping the fiery Indian pacer, Jasprit Bumrah doesn’t make his debut. However, Bumrah made his Test debut during the Test series in South Africa which the hosts won by 2-1 but the scoreline doesn’t;t justify the fight witnessed during the series.
Bumrah scalped 14 wickets in the series at an average of 25.21 along with a five-wicket haul in the Johannesburg Test which India won. Since his Test debut in the rainbow nation, Jasprit Bumrah also became teh first Indian bowler to scalp a 5-wicket haul in each of his first tours to South Africa, Australia, and England in the same calendar year.
Talking about the same during Stony Ten Pitshop show, Faf du Plessis said, “Bumrah made his debut in that Test series. We were actually hoping that he doesn’t make his debut. Because I knew how good he was. He has got that beautiful wrist that is quick on you, almost like Archer. They are similar type of bowlers. Their fast bowlers were really good.”
Du Plessis also termed the series against India was one of the best he has ever been a part of a Test series.
Faf explained, “We beat the Indian Test team 2-1 but it was a great Test series. That was one of the best series I have been involved in. Because India for the first time had a pace attack that could take on South Africa in South Africa and Australia, that is why they were so successful. That was one of the best series to be involved in, obviously, we won it 2-1. India was a proper powerful team then as well.”
After the Test series, India and South Africa locked horns for a six-match ODI series and 3 T20Is, both of which India won. Virat Kohli and his men thrashed the hist by a dominating margin of 5-1 in the ODIs before whitewashing them in the T20Is.
Recalling the ODI series defeat, Faf du Plessis said, “In the one-dayers we had 3 or 4 big injuries. I broke my finger, Quinton got injured and I think Hashim got injured. So, basically our batting line-up was gone. And then India bulldozed all over us, they beat us 5-0. It was men taking on the boys. They were just too good in that series.”