India v South Africa Test series – South Africa Player Ratings
Updated - Dec 7, 2015 12:32 pm
After a terrific performance in the ODI and T20I series, the South Africa side was expected to turn up with another promising performance in the Test Series. But much against all expectations, and largely due to good comeback by the Indian players, South African team lost the plot in the four-match Test series losing it by 3-0. Even in the second Test at Bengaluru, they suffered a batting collapse. Had that match not been washed out, there was a high probability of the Protea side staring right at the defeat.
The unbeaten overseas record they had maintained for the last 9 years was broken and the team could not even register a single win in the Test series. There is no doubt that the number one ranked Test team failed to come up as a collective unit. So how did the individual players fair up in the series?
Here are the player ratings of the South Africa team for the Test series:
Stiaan Van Zyl – 2.5/10:
The South African opener, who had featured in 5 Tests prior to this series and had a century under his name, failed to impress in the series. He was one of the biggest disappointments from the South African point of view. He played the first 3 matches of the series and was dismissed by Ravi Ashwin on all 5 occasions when he stepped in to bat. His weakness against the spin was evident. In 5 innings, he could score just 56 runs with his highest score being 36 in the 2nd innings of the first match when he was demoted down the order. He was replaced by Temba Bavuma in the final Test.