The last team to kick-off their world cup campaign, India landed in Southampton with not only their squad, but an army of fans that made it seem like an ordinary day at an Indian stadium.
If that wasn’t enough to infuse confidence in the Blues, their opposition’s stuttering form would have sealed the deal.
Their record in the world cup regarded the Proteas as the superior team on paper, however, consistency was something the Indians had a hold on better. Put to field first, India’s stalwart, Jasprit Bumrah, up first dented South Africa with two blows, and after they seemed to stabilise a bit, Chahal pitched in with two wickets in one fantastic over.
227 never had to be a daunting task for the Indians, and add to the mix a century from Rohit Sharma, and you’ll reach there with gentle ease.
Nevertheless, steering towards the direction of the Proteas, concerns that were earlier suppressed are now bubbling on the surface. With dropped catches, injured players and rotting performances – South Africa seems to be sinking in a well of sorrows. It’s time the senior players take some responsibility, get their team back on track, as with a country backed by stupendous reputation, its time they start to play like South Africa.