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The former captain of the Indian cricket team and all-time legend Sunil Gavaskar has finally reacted to 2-1 defeat that the Men in Blue suffered in South Africa just a couple of weeks after he had predicted a 3-0 whitewash in favour of the touring side.
Ahead of the second Test, Gavaskar had boasted about the fact that Virat Kohli and his team were in the middle of an exceptional winning streak, considering they had just defeated New Zealand at home. He also bragged about how the squad was doing exceedingly well against the rest of the SENA countries after having won back to back Test series in Australia and dominating England on their own turf.
Alternatively, Gavaskar also mentioned the fact that the South African side did not have some of their biggest names including Anrich Nortje in their corner due to injuries. Furthermore, he stated the lack of cricket being played in the country because of the rise of COVID-19 there and several teams declining to visit for bilateral series.
Based on all these assumptions, Gavaskar was pretty certain that this tour would finally allow the Indians to win their first-ever red-ball series on the land of the Proteas. So just imagine his reaction when Kohli and Co. not only managed to lose the series 2-1 but also did so with an extra day of play still left in the bank.
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— Mairaj Ahmed (@MairajAhmmed) January 14, 2022
While present in South Africa as the commentator and analysis for the series, the former Indian batter was simply shell-shocked by the defeat and explained his surprise rather dramatically when he said that his “dream had turned into a nightmare”.
“India’s cricket after lunch has just baffled me. One would’ve thought that you would make one last-ditch effort, bring Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami on to bowl. Because after an interval, batsmen have to reset. India’s dream of winning a series for the first time in South Africa has turned into a nightmare,” the former India cricketer said on-air while commentating on the match.
My man. They wheeled Sunil Gavaskar out to hype this Indian team and say 3-0 to the Indians only for him to watch his team lose another test series in South Africa. Pain man.
— simmi (@simmiareff) January 14, 2022
The ex-skipper felt as if the entire team had given up hope of even trying to take a shot at winning and had accepted defeat way before the winning runs were scored by the hosts in Cape Town.
With the series win, the South Africans have overtaken Team India in the ICC World Test Championship points table for the 2021-23 season based on the percentage of points (PCT), even though the latter has the most number of points in the entire table based on the number of matches each squad has played so far.