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‘Test team deserves more respect’ – South Africa praised for series win from 0-1 down against India

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Hosts South Africa, under pressure after losing the first Test of the series, fought back to claim an emphatic win over India, sealing the series 2-1, which led to plenty of applause from the cricket community.

For many, the Proteas team wasn’t expected to be serious challengers when they took on the mighty India side for a three-match Test series at home. An under-fire squad was weakened further after Anrich Nortje was ruled out ahead of the series due to injury, and Quinton de Kock’s sudden Test retirement following India’s win at Centurion. However, what followed was a stunning comeback, with the South Africa side playing out of their skins to win the next two matches, dominating with both bat and ball as they clinched the series.

India, who’ve defeated Australia twice Down Under since the start of 2018, and lead the series against England 2-1, had reached the World Test Championship final last year. Up against a South Africa team without many experienced players, Virat Kohli’s side were the favourites to complete their maiden series win in the country, but the wait continues, with South Africa being the only Test-playing country where India have not yet won a Test series.

Many took to Twitter to applaud the efforts of Dean Elgar’s side after a memorable win.

Others, however, were left disappointed at how India tapered off towards the end, which has left them with plenty to think about.

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