You may do a dozen of good things, but once you commit a small mistake, critics will be after you for the mistake you made. Such is the level of Indian cricket that despite leading 3-1 in the ongoing 6-match ODI series against South Africa, the loss in the 4th match in Johannesburg made the critics to target the flaws in the team.
Gavaskar once again, in his column for TOI, highlighted all the wrongs that Kohli and his men committed in the 4th ODI, highlighting the dropped catch by Shreyas Iyer and that no ball by Chahal as some of the primary reasons of the downfall.
Gavaskar wrote in his column, “They particularly enjoyed some good fortune in a catch being missed and a no-ball that cost them a wicket. David Miller who was the beneficiary on both occasions and later on he played some lovely shots to take the initiative away from India. Heinrich Klaasen, playing in only his second game, also took his chances and succeeded in hitting the spinners.”
Gavaskar further added in his column “India’s decision to bat first can be questioned especially if they knew about the possibility of rain coming down later though the manner in which Kohli and Dhawan were toying with the Proteas attack it didn’t seem to matter. As is well known, the D/L method invariably favours the team chasing a target and that’s what it did. India had earlier not helped their cause by not getting past 300 runs which they should have after Dhawan and Kohli batted so splendidly.”