Ahead of the recently concluded South African tour, it has been expected that the tour will present a strong competition between the Indian batsmen and the Proteas pace attack. But a surprisingly it was more between Indian bowling against the South African batsmen. And speaking on the same lines, South Africa coach Ottis Gibson conceded that India‘s experienced bowling attack played a crucial role in Virat Kohli’s men clinching the T20I series 2-1 with a thrilling seven-run victory in the series decider last night at Cape Town.
After India restricted South Africa to a total of 165 for six in their chase of 173, Gibbson said India have got Bumrah and Kumar to thank for the victory. The Proteas coach reckons that the actual reason for their success is the rich number of domestic tournaments that India offers to its players. Ottis further opined that IPL has played an important in molding these Indian bowlers.
Talking about the Proteas bowling unit Gibson said, “While Junior held his own, Morris has a lot of work to do. He is a match-winner for us but he needs more consistency in his bowling. He is short of that. He just needs to figure out what type of bowler he is and what he wants to become. This is the conversation I had with him. He will go back to playing some domestic cricket before playing the IPL.”
Ottis Gibson impressed with the younger crop of South Africa
The Proteas were demeaned by the absence of batting stars like AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis due to injuries forcing the management to bring the youngsters. However, Gibson was impressed with the players like Dala, Heinrich Klaasen, and Christiaan Jonker but cited they need more games under their belt to compete at this level.
While Klaasen starred in South Africa’s lone victory in the 2nd T20I with a quickfire 69, Jonker impressed with his cameo in the 3rd T20I which took the hosts closer to the scoreline of the visitors. Gibson opined the youngsters have faced an uphill task to adapt to the standards of international cricket but have done an excellent job on such short notice,