Former South African fast bowler Allan Donald believes India had the best chance to win the first Test in the Cape Town. India did a splendid job when they dismissed South Africa for 130 runs in the second innings to set the target of 208 runs, but was outplayed by some accurate South African bowling and were all out for 135.
Former fast bowler Allan Donald also said South African conditions will test Indian batsmen. He said in home conditions where the ball doesn’t move much, Indian batsmen enjoy scoring runs. Here in South Africa, extra bounce and pace are going to test their technique.
Rahane deserves to be on the Team, said Donald
Speaking with the Hindustan times, Allan Donald said he was surprised when India left out Ajinkya Rahane. “I really think it’s harsh to keep Rahane out. Last time he was here he had a great tour. I think for me, Rahane is the man who can steady the ship. He is a rock-solid guy and a good head on his shoulders,” said Donald.
Donald also reckons it would be foolish to make too many changes. “In my opinion, it would be foolish now to make changes. That’s the selectors’ decision again. But again, South Africans see Rahane sitting on the bench and carrying drinks and they would say ‘wow’. They would rather have that, you know. He’s an absolutely world-class player,” added White Lightning.
Virat Kohli has taken fitness to a new level
Allan Donald also said IPL has transformed Indian Cricket and brought some really good young players. He also believes Virat Kohli has brought a new fitness culture to the team. “There’s no doubt that the IPL has helped Indian cricket and brought through so many young cricketers. I’m not surprised where they are now. I have to say Virat Kohli has now brought a huge fitness culture in the team which I haven’t seen for a very long time. He’s brought an aggressive streak,” quoted Donald.
India will play the second Test against South Africa starting from 13th January in Centurion Park. It still remains to be seen what combination India will choose this time.