IND vs SA: India’s Bowlers Were Inconsistent, Probably The Most Consistent Was Mohammed Shami – Daryll Cullinan

Former South African batsman Daryll Cullinan feels that Indian bowlers were “ inconsistent ” during the 3-match Test series against South Africa. He also added that the most consistent bowler from the Indian team was speedster Mohammed Shami.

India lost the 3-match Test series against Dean Elgar-led South Africa by 1-2. India won the first match in a dominating manner in Centurion. However, they faced two consecutive defeats against the hosts in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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Daryll Cullinan (Credits: Twitter)

Speaking on ESPNcricinfo former Proteas batter Daryll Cullinan highlighted that star pacer Jasprit Bumrah went wicketless in the 2nd innings of the Johannesburg Test. He said:

“India’s bowlers were inconsistent. Probably the most consistent was Shami. We saw Bumrah go wicketless (2nd innings at Wanderers) on a pitch where he was expected to bowl well. That’s been the story of all three Test matches – inconsistency.”

Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma
Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Daryll Cullinan also opined that India “ missed the trick ” by not including veteran Pacer Ishant Sharma in the playing XI in any of the Test matches. He asserted:

“I think where India missed the trick is with (not playing) Ishant Sharma. The balance wasn’t quite there. Ashwin, in the end, neither did Maharaj, play a role in the series in any sort of manner, not even holding one end up. India desperately need to have thought about their fourth seamer. India were winning successfully over the last couple of years because of their bowling. Sadly, they just weren’t there this series.”

There is a technical issue – Daryll Cullinan on Indian batters

Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli
Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli. Credits: ICC

Former Proteas batter further added that the South Africa bowling unit changed their line and length after the first Test match which troubled the Indian batting unit and exposed them. He elaborated:

“South African bowlers changed their lengths (after the 1st Test) and asked India to play back more. Indian batters they were found wanting. You cannot change that in a Test match. These guys look good at home. They batted well in Australia but with movement and inconsistent bounce, they were found wanting, going back – technically squaring up, playing from the crease. There is a technical issue. No matter how long you’ve batted, you won’t have a long career if you are playing from the crease.”

Cullinan believes that India’s win at the SuperSport Park, Centurion was the worst thing that happened from India’s batting perspective. He said :

“The worst thing that happened, probably, for India from a batting perspective, was they won the first Test. You almost thought they had arrived. But South Africa came back really well.”

Only once in the series Indian team crossed the 300 runs mark and that came in the first innings of the first Test in Centurion and in the second innings of that match, India performed terribly and were bowled out for 174. After that, the visitors scored 202 & 266 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg and 223 & 198 at the Newlands Cape in Cape Town.

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