New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane were facing criticism for their poor form. Pujara and Rahane have now consolidated their bid for selection in the third Test with a half-century in the Johannesburg Test. However, even after half-centuries from these experienced batsmen, Team India suffered a seven-wicket defeat against South Africa.
For South Africa, captain Dean Elgar has contributed greatly to the victory by scoring an unbeaten 96. The three-match series can be extremely exciting after the African team's victory. The third and final Test will be played in Cape Town from January 11. Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar says Pujara and Rahane lived up to the confidence of the team management. He said it is easy to get excited by young talent, but the team should continue to trust its experienced players until they are out badly. Gavaskar has also questioned KL Rahul's captaincy.
In fact, Gavaskar appeared enraged by acting captain KL Rahul's way of setting the field on the field. He also criticised Indian fielding. Gavaskar said, 'I think giving Dean Elgar singles at the beginning of the innings was making things easier for him. Indian fielding could have been a little better. I don't think Team India lost the match, but South Africa have won the match.