Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir believes South Africa will be in trouble whenever there is a bit of help for the spinners on the pitch during the rest of the 2023 World Cup. Chasing 327 against India in Kolkata, they were bundled out for just 83 runs, with left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja claiming a five-wicket haul. Gambhir said all the big scores from South Africa have come in good batting conditions and that they haven’t been tested enough as well.
Speaking exclusively to Sportskeeda in a discussion alongside S Sreesanth, Gautam Gambhir said: “The pitch was always going to be challenging for South Africa if there was even a bit of grip. Yes they have scored 350-400 runs but those have been in Delhi and Wankhede on small grounds and flat pitches. Whenever the ball spins, it will be a massive challenge for them. They will be a bit worried that they will play their semifinal at the Eden Gardens itself.”
However, Gautam Gambhir also opined on how Ravindra Jadeja’s 29*(15) with the bat helped India reach the 320-run mark with the bat. The all-rounder did the work with his bowling and proved why he is important to the team.
“Ravindra Jadeja. The way he had an all-round contribution, first with that cameo which helped India reach 325 (326/5) and then his five wickets. I feel he was the standout performer,” Sreesanth also backed what Gambhir said about Jadeja and added: “The way Jadeja bowled on that pitch was great. Yes there was help for the spinners, but that was for all bowlers and still he stood out with five wickets and also showed great intent in the field. It didn’t look like South Africa were a dominating team.”