Former South Africa captain Kepler Wessells has urged South Africa not whine for loss against India  © Getty Images
Former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels has urged South Africa not whine for loss against India © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Former South African skipper Kepler Wessels has insisted that his country’s squad should not blame the spin-friendly conditions for the Test seriesloss in India. South Africa saw their nine-year away win streak end after suffering a 124-run defeat against the Virat Kohli-led side in the third Test in Nagpur last week. India have taken a 2-0 unassailable lead in the four-match series. However, several former players have slammed the spin-friendly conditions in India, which saw the Nagpur Test end inside three days. LIVE SCORECARD:India vs South Africa, 4th Test match

Reacting to it, Wessels said that each country has their preference in preparing surfaces to suit the strength of their team, insisting that he couldn’t recall any negative comment about the bowler-friendly pitches in which South Africans outclassed Australia and Pakistan swiftly at home, Sport24 reported. Wessels, who represented his nation in 40 Tests and 109 ODIs, further said that it was far from ideal to blame conditions for defeat and become a nation of whiners when a team is playing in away conditions. He insisted that the home team outplayed South Africa in every facet of the game over the last three Test matches in India and urged the tourists to take the disappointment on the chin. ALSO READ: Faf du Plessis: Indian pitches dictate the way one plays and performs

Earlier, terming the Indian pitches in the ongoing Test series as the toughest he has faced in his career, South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis said that the senior players in the team need to support the younger players and keep them motivated. Some of the younger lot have come under criticism for the way they have handled the conditions in India during the Test series which India have already won with a margin of 2-0 with the fourth match beginning from Thursday, December 3.