Cape Town hoists the national flag of India upside down
The Indian national flag was visibly hoisted with the green colour up and it stayed like that for the early part of the Indian team training.
Published - Jan 4, 2018 3:20 pm | Updated - Jan 4, 2018 3:35 pm
Team India have already kicked-off their penultimate preparations for the all-important series against South Africa. During yesterday’s training session at the Newlands Stadium, the hosts managed to avert a faux pas involving the Indian national flag. The Indian national flag was visibly hoisted with the green colour up and it stayed like that for the early part of the Indian team training.
As is the norm during any tour, the Indian national flag was hoisted just to the right of the press box of the stadium alongside the flags of South Africa and that of Cricket South Africa (CSA). However, to everyone’s shock, the Tricolour was first hoisted upside down and was seen fluttering with the green side up, clearly visible against the backdrop of the table top mountains that overlook the picturesque stadium.
However, the management, thanks to the quick thinking of some of the ground personnel, identified the blunder they made while hoisting the Tricolour and avoided embarrassment.
The Indian pacers will be expected to shoulder most of the pressure
The Virat Kohli-led Indian side will be facing an uphill task in the rainbow nation. India’s long winning streak in Test cricket is under threat in the upcoming series. The Men in Blue have won nine successive series to climb to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC)‘s rankings, but all in friendly or home conditions. Thus, playing in foreign conditions, especially in South Africa, India will need something special if they wish to overturn their woeful fortunes in the country.
South Africa is likely to prepare ‘green top’ wickets for the Tests in Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Indians, in any case, have traditionally struggled against the hosts’ bowling attack with just two victories in 17 Tests in South Africa. It has been a pressing concern and Indian batsmen will have to beat the scare and perform. The bowling unit similarly is likely to feature quite a few pacers who will be expected to shoulder most of the pressure.