South Africa, led by the ever dependable Hashim Amla might have kept India at bay for 72 overs on the fourth day, but according to pacer Umesh Yadav, an Indian victory is on the cards. It took great technique and mindset from the South Africans to simply block deliveries and resist the bowlers to a great extent. 3 sessions of further solidity is what save South Africa from a humiliating 3-0 defeat.
Indian pacer Umesh Yadav said that the track was good as dead, but the hosts were still confident of winning. “Today also they gave catches, but they were lucky that those catches fell in the gaps rather than going to the fielders,” Yadav said, when asked if the team was confident of taking eight wickets in a day on this pitch. “So I don’t think they will survive the whole day without giving any catches. You never know, the wicket’s character might change tomorrow. It might start turning more.”
Yadav spoke about the exact nature of the pitch and said, “If you see any pitch, after third or fourth day, it starts getting slower and slower,” he said. “You don’t get the desirable pace or bounce from the wicket. This is happening with this wicket also as the pace of this track is gone. Even if you are bowling a bouncer, you are not able to work up the desired pace or bounce. It’s travelling easy.”
“Yes, we tried to create a few patches so that the spinners get some kind of help,” Yadav said. “With no pace or bounce, and with no reverse, we thought any rough that we could create will be good for our spinners,” added Yadav.
The pacer though, admitted that he was taken aback by the extremely defensive approach of South Africa. “It’s a surprise as we did not think that they would play like this,” Yadav said. “The way they are defending is a surprise because they are not even trying to play a shot. Even the deliveries in which they can score are being defended. “It becomes a challenge when the batsman does not play a shot as chances of getting a player out decreases. When a batsman doesn’t take any initiative then even if you bowl a good delivery, he will just block it out.”