Former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly gave his opinion on what went wrong for South Africa against India in the virtual qualifier of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Speaking to India Today, the Bengal batsman said that India were remarkable in their win over the Proteas.
“South Africa were mentally weak here and against Pakistan as well. It was a remarkable performance by India. In terms of quality, South Africa were a better team in these conditions but their performance were very poor,” said Ganguly.
“On paper, Bangladesh are a weaker team than South Africa but will probably pull up a better fight because they have a good batting lineup, they play spin well and their bowlers have done well. But I am not too sure if they are strong enough to beat this rampaging Indian team,” he continued.
India decimated South Africa by 8 wickets to book a place in the semifinals against Bangladesh which will be played on Wednesday. The bowling and fielding unit put on a brilliant display to dismiss South Africa for 191 in their first innings. From 116-1, South Africa went on to lose nine wickets for 75 runs with three run outs occurring in between, including the run-out of AB de Villiers and David Miller.
While chasing, the Indian batsmen ensured no hiccups and got to the target with more than 12 overs to spare. Kohli and Dhawan and Kohli scored 7 and 78 respectively to help take India home.
For South Africa, there seems to be no end to the misery. They last won an ICC tournament in 1998, when the first edition of Champions Trophy was played. Ever since, their silverware drought continues. They have choked on almost every big occasion and the game against India was not something new.
India take on Bangladesh in the first semifinal of CT 2017 on Wednesday at the Edgbaston.