SA vs IND: Why put the bat on the hook; Sunil Gavaskar frying Mayank Agarwal

Cape Town, First Published Jan 12, 2022, 7:35 AM IST

Cape Town: Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar slams Indian opener Mayank Agarwal over poor shot selection in the first innings of the third Test against South Africa (South Africa vs India 3rd Test). On the first day, Mayank was caught in the second slip by Edge as he was bowled by Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada for 15 runs. Earlier, Mayank’s life had fallen to zero.

‘Agarwal is a great player when he hits the ball in the middle of the bat. When the ball moves slightly, that bat causes speed problems. We saw the edge when the individual score stood at zero. It should have ended up being a great catch. See how hard it is to put the bat on the ball. Leaving the ball is important in Test cricket. The maximum number of balls should be left in the first hour, ”Gavaskar said.

India won the toss and elected to bat, ending the first innings at 223. The hosts, who started batting in reply, were 17 for one at stumps on the first day. South Africa lost captain Dean Elgar (3). Jaspreet Bumra took the wicket. Aidan Markram (8) and Keshav Maharaj (2) were at the crease.

Earlier, captain Virat Kohli’s 79 helped India cross the 200 mark. Kagiso Rabada took four wickets and Marco Johnson three. KL Rahul (12), Cheteshwar Pujara (43), Ajinkya Rahane (9), Rishabh Pant (27), Ravichandran Ashwin (2), Shardul Thakur (12), Jaspreet Bumra (0), Mohammad Shami (7) and Umesh Yadav (4) is the other player to score.

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Last Updated Jan 12, 2022, 7:38 AM IST


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