The South African team, which lost the first 3 matches of the 6 match ODI series against India, finally managed to win the fourth rain-hit ODI a the Johannesburg. One of the main highlights of the fourth ODI was the return of AB de Villiers, who missed the first three matches due to a finger injury. In the first three matches, South African batting simply fell apart in front of Indian spinners Chahal and Kuldeep.
With AB de Villiers back in the squad, South Africa has got some of the confidence back and they clinched the first victory in the ODI series by winning the fourth ODI at Johannesburg. More importantly, South Africans went for an all-assault on Indian spinners and scored 119 runs in 11.3 overs bowled by them. Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly too believes South Africa is entirely a different team with the return of AB de Villiers.
The return of Ab de Villiers was a huge psychological advantage, writes Ganguly
In his column for Times of India, former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly believes the return of AB de Villiers boosted the confidence of the Proteas. “The return of AB de Villiers was also a positive psychological advantage for the Proteas. He may not have got many runs on the board on his immediate return but it was a huge plus to their middle order. The South Africans also probably did the right thing by leaving the spinner out and playing an all-pace attack,” wrote Ganguly in his column.
Rain made it difficult for the Indians, feels Ganguly
The former Indian opener also believes it was the rain that made it difficult for the Indian bowlers. “More than the number of overs, however, it is the rain that probably made it difficult for the Indians, especially the spinners, to bowl. Not that the spinners have turned the ball enormously in the previous three games of the series. On Saturday, the moisture in the surface due to the rain actually allowed the ball to skid on to the bat and that helped the South African batsmen,” said former Captain who took India to the final of 2003 ICC World Cup.
With the lead of 3-1 in the six-match series, the Indian team still has the advantage and if the fifth ODI gets washed away as the rain is predicted, India will be the side that is beneficial here as they will win the ODI series.