The game needs them to be strong, Michael Vaughan is concerned about South Africa cricket

The game needs them to be strong, Michael Vaughan is concerned about South Africa cricket

He feels that the former South Africa cricketers should get involved to improve.

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South Africa. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It was a systematic obliteration and total annihilation of South Africa by a mean-winning juggernaut masquerading as a Test match unit.  Coming into the Test series, all the talks in the South African camp was about the nature of the pitches they’d come up against. The mental scars of the 2015  series were still there.

Back then, India had unleashed their spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on what one can only say “designer tracks”. As expected, they spun a web around the much-vaunted South African batting that boasted of names like Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis. 

The spin pair took 54 of the 70 South African wickets that fell in the series, and India went on to script a 3-0 series win. So, naturally, the South Africans anticipated another trial by spin on tracks that would turn from the first morning itself. And, this is where the beauty of this Indian team lies.

No longer they are dependent on making raging turners to win a Test in India. And, South Africa learned it the hard way. On tracks that Temba Bavuma termed as the closest to what the visitors get back home, Faf du Plessis was even more effusive in his praise for the Indian fast bowlers in the post-match presser, terming them as relentless, skilful and incredibly hostile. 

Time for Boucher to take over – Michael Vaughan

And, it was not only reverse-swing that did the trick for the Indian seamers like Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, but it was also their prudent use of the new ball where they consistently attacked the stumps, bowled hard-lengths and when needed made good use of the short-ball. 

Naturally, with the South Africans getting obliterated as they have been, criticism and concern around their decline have galore. The latest to join the bandwagon is former English captain, Michael Vaughan. He has expressed deep concerns about the future of cricket in South Africa and has urged former greats like Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher to join the set-up.

Vaughan tweeted, “This South African Test team is a real concern for the game .. The game needs South Africa to be strong .. Time for @markb46 to take over .. also why wouldn’t you use @GraemeSmith49 & @jacqueskallis75 is some capacity .. #INDvsSA.” Interestingly, Vaughan’s own country- England- were hammered 0-4 despite winning four of the five tosses, the last time they toured India (2016).

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