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What Went Wrong for India in First Test Against South Africa at Centurion

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What Went Wrong for India in 1st Test Against South Africa?

India lost to South Africa at Centurion

IND vs SA: The first Test match between India and South Africa at Centurion ended in a resounding defeat for the visitors, marking a crushing three-day loss. South Africa’s dominant performance with both bat and ball exposed several issues plaguing the Indian team. Let’s delve into the key reasons behind India’s downfall.

South Africa’s comprehensive performance highlighted their prowess in Centurion, showcasing dominance with both bat and ball. Nandre Burger’s impressive debut and contributions from seasoned players like Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen emphasized the home team’s strength in their familiar conditions.

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India’s Troubles in First Test Against South Africa: Centurion Test Match Analysis

1. Indian Top-order Failure:

The Indian top order faced a collective failure, with openers Rohit Sharma, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Shubman Gill contributing only 55 runs in two innings. KL Rahul’s century in the first innings provided a glimmer of hope, but the top-order collapse in the second innings proved costly. Virat Kohli’s efforts in the second innings were commendable, but the lack of substantial partnerships added pressure.

Virat Kohli (Image Credits: X)
Virat Kohli (Image Credits: X)
2. All-rounder Woes:

The absence of Ravindra Jadeja due to injury forced the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin and Shardul Thakur as all-rounders. However, both players failed to make a significant impact with either bat or ball. 

In contrast, South Africa’s all-rounder, Marco Jansen, showcased an impressive performance, scoring 84 runs and taking crucial wickets. The Indian team lacked a dynamic all-rounder to turn the game in their favor.

3. Lack of Bowling Depth:

While Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj displayed skillful bowling, but the lack of fortune and support from other bowlers hurt India’s chances. Prasidh Krishna, in particular, struggled in his Test debut, lacking experience in the challenging South African conditions. The absence of a potent bowling unit allowed South Africa to amass a substantial lead, making it difficult for India to stage a comeback.

Dominance from South Africa:

The first Test loss puts India in a precarious position, and the focus now shifts to the series decider at Newlands in Cape Town. The main thing will be the bowling depth which will be crucial for India’s chances of bouncing back. 

South Africa Celebrate (Image Credits: X)What Went Wrong for India in 1st Test Against South Africa
South Africa Celebrate (Image Credits: X)

The team needs to regroup and strategize effectively to avoid a series defeat in South Africa yet again, a country where they have yet to secure an away series win. The upcoming test at Newlands will be a make-or-break moment for Team India as they aim to salvage the series. 

Abhinandan Krishnan
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