Ahead of India's Test Series vs. South Africa Sunil Gavaskar Reopens Old Wounds

The Indian cricket team must be aiming for a historic series win when they take on South Africa in the upcoming two Test matches. It is to be noted that India has played eight Test series on South African soil so far and has failed to win any of them. India lost seven of those series, while only one ended in a draw. Rohit Sharma is going to lead the upcoming Test series, India will aim to break the jinx, and batting great Sunil Gavaskar feels that this is the "best opportunity" for the touring side.

Meanwhile, Gavaskar also opined that India should have won the series back in 2018, when the side lost 1-2 to South Africa.

Gavaskar said, "Absolutely. Look at South Africa; they are without two of their best bowlers. No Nortje, no Rabada. Now this means that the Indian batting line-up can, if they play sensibly, put up 400 or more scores without too much of an issue. Yes, initially, it will be a little bit tough while the ball is shinny red and with the bounce. But that's what Test cricket is all about. That's why you've got five days. They need to bat well. If they keep scoring 300 and 500, they will give their bowlers enough of an opportunity to be able to knock the South Africans in both innings.”

He further added that, "I think this is probably the best opportunity. 2018 was where I thought they should be winning. They really should have won in 2018. They had the best lineup not so much two years ago, but 2018 was where they missed out on big time on winning the series.” 



Dec 18, 2023 12:50 PM