The Indian cricket team looked set to breach their long-standing drought of series wins as they took on South Africa in their three-match Test series
The Indian cricket team looked set to breach their long-standing drought of series wins as they took on South Africa in their three-match Test series that began on October 2 in Visakhapatnam. After winning the first Test, India had a great chance to take the series 2-0. However, a spirited fightback from South Africa saw the Proteas bounce back with a draw in the second Test.
The third Test, taking place in Ranchi, will be the decisive match of the series. After the disappointment at Pune, many questions were thrown at India’s batsmen, particularly concerning the length of their innings. India’s batters were often guilty of throwing away their wickets prematurely and not building a platform for the lower order.
In addition, the Indian bowling unit has been criticised for not taking enough wickets to put pressure on South Africa. Despite the impressive performance of Ravichandran Ashwin in the first Test, the other bowlers have failed to stack up. This has put further pressure on Ashwin, who won the Man of the Match award in the first Test, to lead the attack and take bulk of the wickets.
These are the issues Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, the Indian coach, must deal with if they are to ensure a series win. Virat Kohli will be hopeful that the Indian batsmen can step up in the receding matches to ensure a first series win in over a year. A series win could not only provide the team and Kohli himself with a much-needed boost, but could also soothe the tensions from their troubled tour of England earlier in the year where they were whitewashed 3-1.
Overall, India will be looking for a series win in this test match. Despite the confidence India have going into the match, there are still many questions the team must answer if they are to take the series. By meeting this challenge head-on, India could use the match as a stepping stone to future success.
India have series win in sight but still many questions to answer
India are just one win away from whitewashing the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, but there are still some lingering questions that need to be answered. While it is true that the team has been dominant in the series so far, there are still some areas of concern that need to be addressed if India are to maintain their on-field superiority.
Areas of Improvement
- Batting: While India have always prided themselves on their batting line-up, they have not been as consistent in the series as they would have liked. Though they have had strong starts in every innings, they have failed to build on them and have not been able to post big totals. This is something that needs to be addressed.
- Bowling: India’s bowling attack has been impressive at times, with the spinners doing well in particular. However, their death bowling has not been up to the mark and there is a need for greater discipline and variation in the bowling in the final match to ensure victory.
- Fielding: India’s fielding has been disappointing throughout the series, with a number of dropped catches and missed run-outs proving costly. This is an area that needs to be improved if India are to have any chance of achieving a series win.
India are just one win away from achieving a series win, but there are still some areas that need to be addressed if they are to do so. If they can improve their batting, bowling and fielding, they should be able to secure their first series win since 2016.