Gurgaon, Oct.26 (ANI): Former Indian cricketer Atul Wassan on Sunday described India’s shocking 214-run defeat against South Africa as ‘massacre’, and added that there was no discipline in the hosts’ bowling during their series decider match at Wankhede.
With the defeat, India had also lost the five-match ODI series 2-3 against the visitors.
“I wouldn’t just call it a loss, its capitulation, you’ve been annihilated. You know 438 (score to chase) and your bowlers go for such a leather hunt, it’s a cause for worry; you are all champions. In the recent past even the rules have changed. What happened was a massacre,” Wassan told ANI here.
The 47-year-old said that South African players were enjoying India’s bowling attack as they were smashing the pacers to all the parts of the ground.
“Brilliance of AB de Villiers I can understand and De Kock finds Indian bowling attack very tempting .But having said that, there was no discipline in the bowling. It was a batting pitch. 350 was I think on par. If it would have been a 350 score India would have been in with a chance,” he said.
“But also the way you have chased down, you have lost by more than 200 runs. I think this is hurting the most. It’s shocking for me that we have lost the T20 series , we have lost the one day series and it doesn’t look very good for the Test series coming up,|” he added.
Wassan, however, didn’t blame captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for loss, but added that there is a serious need to focus on bowling.
“I think as a captain, I can’t find any flaws because normally it’s a joint decision. Only once or twice you have to make decision on your feet when you have to bring on a bowler .Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. But general approach to his captaincy has been defensive. I think we have to seriously look at our bowling,” he added.
Earlier, India had also lost the three -match T20 series by 0-2 and now they will play four- match Test series against South Africa, starting from November 5. (ANI)