New Delhi: Team India suffered a seven-wicket defeat in the third Test by South Africa. On the fourth day of the match, the hosts chased down a target of 212 runs. The hero of South Africa's victory was Keegan Petersen, who scored brilliant half-centuries in both innings.
Now, after the defeat, veteran Team India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has questioned the team. In fact, South Africa needed another 41 runs to win when both teams went for lunch on the fourth day. However, in just 8.3 overs after lunch, the African team scored the rest. Gavaskar is surprised by Team India's strategy of not using fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami or Shardul after lunch. Gavaskar said after the end of the match on Friday, 'It was a secret to me why Shardul Thakur and Jasprit Bumrah were not handed over bowling after lunch. It was as if India had decided that they were not going to win it.'
Gavaskar also talked about defensive field placement in R Ashwin's over. Gavaskar said that 'The field placement was not right for Ashwin. Singles were easily available. Five fielders were in the deep. In such a situation, when the batsman himself took the risk, only then you could have dismissed him.' However, Gavaskar also credited the South African batsmen for their hard work as the hosts chased down 200-plus for the second time in a row in the series.