Bowling domination on fields that were probably too much in favor of Fielding Side

Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell felt the recently concluded 3-match Test series between India and South Africa was far too much in favor of the bowlers.

South Africa defeated India by a 2-1 margin after losing the first Test in Centurion. The highest total came in the first test where India placed over 300, the only time a team went past 250 in the entire series.

South Africa surprisingly defeated India in an old-fashioned dogfight with a captivating cricket. It also brought in a lot of emotion of the kind that was notably lacking in an Ashes match that had been surprisingly undisputed thus far.

“The South African series featured bowling dominance on fields that were probably too much in favor of the fielding side, but there were also some excellent at bats.Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.

Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli. Credit: ICC

Because challenging hitting was not common, courageous innings by Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli stood out. The exciting extravaganzas of Rishabh Pant and Keegan Petersen proved that even on test surfaces aggressive hitting with scoring in mind could be taken.

“Petersen’s sudden fame in particular has been a revelation and begs the question of where he’s been all this time. This example exposes one of the mysteries of Test cricket: do some selectors know what to look for,he added.

Ian Chappell Praises Keegan Petersen

Keegan Petersen won the Player of the Series award for his run tally of 276 in the three games. He scored two fifties in the third and final test in Cape Town, which saw South Africa win the series, along with crucial WTC points.

Keegan Petersen holds the Player-of-the-Match and Series awards as Dean Elgar poses with the Series Trophy, South Africa vs India, Test 3, Cape Town, Day 4, January 14, 2022 © Getty Images
Keegan Petersen holds Player-of-the-Match and Series awards as Dean Elgar poses with Series Trophy, 3rd Test, Cape Town, Day 4, January 14, 2022, © Getty Images

Petersen is in his prime, at 28, but he has only played five Tests. Despite having no experience, he has all the requirements of a Test No. 3, including a wide range of shots he’s willing to play, plus a solid defense.

“So why is he only playing now? Sometimes players only deserve a chance on potential and temperament and this is where a good selection stands out‘ said Chappell.

Following the defeat, Virat Kohli also announced his decision to step down as the Test captain.

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