South Africa definitely missed the services of Dale Steyn in the second innings at Mohali. The South African speedster would have been very handy on the Mohali track, where reverse swing was found in abundance.
The loss in the first test is a massive blow to the plans of the number one ranked test side, as they go into the second test on the backfoot. To compound the woes further for the Proteas, Dale Steyn is likely to be out of the second test in Bangalore, owing to his injury.
Steyn’s injury is not the only concern for an otherwise depleted South African test unit. The injuries of key individuals such as JP Duminy and Morne Morkel too derailed the plans of the visitors.
Morkel though, is recovering quickly and could be in line to be back for the second test. JP Duminy’s absence too was a significant blow, as he could have batted well and would have rolled his arm over on an ideal wicket for an off spinner.
South Africa’s skipper Hashim Amla admitted that Steyn’s absence in the second innings was a serious concern for the visitors. “Not having Dale is a difficult one, because he is the best fast bowler in the world and in the subcontinent the most successful fast bowler,” Amla said. “It is a blow not to have had Dale in the last innings, and we’re certainly missing Morne Morkel.”