An innings defeat at Motera was almost imminent as South Africa crossed 200 runs in their first innings after bowling out India for an embarrassing 76.
Many things went wrong for India at Motera:
1. Being given a green top
2. Kumble choosing to bat first on a green top
3. Picking five bowlers with Pathan being the fifth
4. Poor fielding
5. Shocking shot selection from some of the batsmen
Credit to the South African bowlers to have taken full advantage of the green top. Sometimes you get caught in a middle of an excellent spell of bowling; that was the case with the dismissals of Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly, the last being perhaps at lightning speed.
What will happen now is the question on most people’s mind. Are we thrashing the seniors again? Fellow blogger Soulberry fears that this might bring out the likes of the Yuvraj and Rohit Sharma. I shudder at that thought. That would also perhaps shut the case of Mohd. Kaif.
Till Kanpur do us wait!