South Africa’s batting display against the Indian spinners in the three innings in this series so far has been simply shambolic. Barring the exceptional AB De Villiers, the South African batsmen have struggled miserably against spin, and have crumbled with ease. Proteas captain Hashim Amla feels that his side needs to be more positive against spin, and needs to counter the Indian bowlers with efficiency.
“You’ve got to be positive in everything you do. If the guys got out playing a positive shot, I am happy because at least he tried to take the game forward and tried to score runs. That’s the name of the game,” Amla said, regarding his side’s woes against spin. “It’s pretty simple: you try and be as positive as possible and sometimes it was the lack of turn that outdid us. You don’t overdo it, you try and keep the game as simple as possible. We’ve had three innings that haven’t gone to our plan and I am sure in the Nagpur Test, hopefully we come good. We have talked about it but you can’t over talk about something and complicate it more than it is.”
“I’ve always felt opening batting is probably the most difficult job in Test cricket. Sometimes you’ve got to field for 150 overs and then you’ve got 10 minutes to put your pads on. It is quite a demanding position to be in but Dean and Stiaan are our best openers and they will do a great job for us,” Amla said. “The fact that myself and Faf in this game haven’t got going, we only have ourselves to blame. No one else,” Amla added.
Reflecting back on the second test marred by rain, Amla said, “If I had won the toss, I would have batted first anyway. I think it was a good wicket,” he said. “We just didn’t get any partnerships going. AB was exceptional as always. Unfortunately no one stuck around with him long enough to post a big total.”