Gary Kirsten believes India played with one extra bowler
By Aditya Pratap - Jan 23, 2018 12:10 pm
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Former South African batsman Gary Kirsten feels that Team India missed the trick in South Africa with an additional bowler in the playing XI. He believes they should have strengthened their batting line-up rather than going for a trick to get 20 wickets here.


“Batting is traditionally tough in the South African conditions, so the more the batsmen the better (it is). I have always believed that a Test match team should contain as many specialists as possible in it. Whilst taking 20 wickets allows a team to win games, scoring enough runs will always keep a team in the game,” Gary Kirsten said to Mumbai Mirror.

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Meanwhile, former head coach of India is aware of the poor slip fielding by the visiting team, who has dropped several catches around the slip cordon which, at the end, cost them the series.

“The only way to train catching under pressure is to simulate the situation and place an expectation on the outcome,” he added.

Team India’s planning for this series has been very ordinary as they first canceled their only practice match before the Test series. Afterwards, team management lacked to crack a batter playing XI in these alien conditions.

Talking about the same veteran South African quoted “South Africa have played incredibly well and put India under pressure in areas which they are traditionally uncomfortable with. The best thinkers in Indian cricket, specifically those who have played and succeeded in foreign conditions need to come together and build a preparation plan to get players ready for the conditions.”

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Team India is 2-0 down in the series with one match is yet to be played in Johannesburg, which will commence from January 24.