5 biggest disappointments for team India in the South African tour
The South African tour has been a roller coaster ride for India.
The Indian Cricket team had a successful South African tour, where they won the ODI series 5-1 and the T20I series 2-1. Despite losing the Test series 1-2 under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team retained number 1 test side and also the ICC Test Championship mace for the second successive year.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah performed brilliantly throughout the series. Team India's captain Kohli was the stand out performer in the Test series and in the ODI series. India’s spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav created havoc in the ODI series taking 33 wickets between them. Shikhar Dhawan was brilliant in ODI and T20I series.
Few Indian players could not perform according to their reputation. Here we look at the 5 biggest disappointments for Team India in the South African tour.
#1 Murali Vijay
Before coming to South Africa, Murali Vijay scored 2 big centuries against Sri Lanka at home in November- December. In the test series against South Africa, the Tamil Nadu lad struggled against top quality bowlers of South Africa like Rabada, Philander, and Morne Morkel.
The pitches in the 3 match test series were good for seamers as Vijay could not provide good starts to the team.
His top score in the series was 46, which came in the 1st innings of the 2nd test match at Centurion. He scored 102 runs in 3 matches (6 innings) at an average of 17. Despite his solid technique, Murali Vijay could not show his brilliant form in 2017/18 test series against South Africa.