India couldn’t deliver knockout punch in South Africa: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar believes the system of teams benefiting from the first innings lead in Indian domestic cricket isn’t helping build a winning culture © Getty Images
Jan 7, 2014
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that India’s inability to finish the job at hand cost them during the tour to South Africa. In the first Test at Johannesburg, they had left the hosts with 458 runs to win and yet couldn’t seal the deal.
Writing in his article for Times of India, Gavaskar wrote, “India’s cricketers returned after a disappointing tour of South Africa where a couple of bad sessions cost them the Test series.”
“They had done exceptionally well to be in a winning position in the first Test, but even while accepting that the pitch had slowed down and become easier for batting, it looked that the Indians did not know how to land the knockout punch,” he continued.
Gavaskar also said that the first-innings lead system in Indian domestic cricket isn’t doing the international players any good as most teams try to settle there instead of going for the outright victories.