The Indian Test series is finally over. We’ve blamed the pitches, the Indian groundsmen, the spinners and loads more. But a few facts show that we were doing well… until we had to finish them off.
I’m sure the South African public are delighted that the Test series in India is over, and I’m convinced that the Protea’s are probably waiting for their flight home at the airport already, even if their flight is tomorrow.
Lets forget the pitches, spinners and BCCI for a minute. There seemed to be another problem this tour, and if it continues, we’ll be thumped by the Poms too. We couldn’t finish the Indians off when they were venerable.
During the first Test, Vijay, their opening batsman was removed for a well played 75. Leaving the Indian numbers 7 and 8 and the crease. They were 140/6 and we were all shouting for our boys to wrap up the tail.
TOTAL: 215 all out
TAIL: Final five batsmen put on 61 runs.
One – Nil down by the time we got to the third Test, we needed our killer instinct more than ever. In the first innings we picked up the wicket of Rohit Sharma and had the Indians 125/6.
In the second innings, Simon Harmer bowled Jadeja, and the Indians were 128/7.
TROUBLE: 125/6 and 128/7
TOTAL: 201 all out and 173 all out
TAIL: (1st Innings) Final five batsmen put on 76 runs.
(2nd Innings) Final four batsmen put on 45 runs.
In the first innings Saha was removed for one and we had the Indians 139/6. We were all hoping we could roll them over for 160 – 170.
TOTAL: 334 all out
TAIL: Final five batsmen put on 195 runs.
As you can see, it’s not pretty reading. Usually, someone like Imran Tahir will wrap the tail up for 20 or so runs and it will all be great, but we didn’t do it this tour and that’s a worry. Please don’t be fooled into thinking that the tail getting 45 and 61 isn’t that bad and we did well. When the totals were generally around the 200, the tail scoring those scores were massive.
If any the Protea’s are reading this… PLEASE finish the Poms off when they are in trouble. We don’t want the English tail wagging. Nobody has time or patience in their life to watch Stuart Broad score runs! Nobody!