South Africa lost 5th ODI against India


South Africa lost 5th ODI against India

Last year Rohit Sharma dedicated his third double century to his Ritika on the occasion of their second marriage anniversary

Last year Rohit Sharma dedicated his third double century to his Ritika on the occasion of their second marriage anniversary

Hashim Amla did so when the side were eliminated early in 2016's World T20 in India and on Thursday he fronted up again to talk about South Africa's ODI series loss to India.

While India's victories against South Africa were dominating ones, they also came riding on a very poor opposition that batted miserably over the last couple of weeks.

While the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have bamboozled South Africa throughout the ODI series, Kohli has also led by example as he is the highest scorer with 429 runs in five matches, which includes two centuries and a fifty, at an average of 143.

"I think going out to England, we have heard some guys are going to play county cricket".

Kohli believes India can now eye the 2019 World Cup with more confidence after their series win against South Africa.

Rohit Sharma's 115 score was his major innings in three tours of South Africa. "Totals like 270 or 280 are not out of batting reach, I think the combinations we have are fine, we just haven't scored the runs at the top".

"We haven't played our best cricket, we played decent cricket in patches but mostly sub-par cricket to what we are used to".

Whatever combination we use, be it six batters with two all-rounders, I don't think it is the fault of the combination. But when you lose in this manner, whatever adjustments need to be made, you focus on it more. This is a good win because this was a bilateral series. Incidentally, Morkel was to be rest at Port Elizabeth but Chris Morris's untimely injury meant he had to play. Kedar Jadhav didn't work out in the first few games.

The team's ability to start on an aggressive note and then fall in line with the changing nature of the wicket - one that kept getting slower and made batting hard - was in stark contrast to South Africa's absolute failure in sticking around. There are always positives and learning to take from it. "They've picked up wickets in the middle period and there's no better way to stop the scoring". The sixth and final ODI is scheduled to be held on February 16 in Centurion. Unfortunately those of us who have batted in the top six haven't managed to get the big hundreds that must shape an innings. Even so, in Heinrich Klaasen, they have discovered a very competent replacement for Quinton de Kock, but there's been no stepping into Faf du Plessis's shoes.