India has recorded their first test win at Centurion on 30th December 2021. While the bowling attack of both teams was at par, it was the first innings lead of 130 runs that made the difference. K L Rahul scored a century in the first innings, whereas no one other than Temba Bavuma looked comfortable in the first innings. Now former South African cricketer Alviro Peterson has raised concern about the lack of hundreds from SA batters.
“You need players batting for lengths of time and batting consistently well. If you look over the past years, there were guys who had lots of first-class hundreds and at the moment you don’t see that in the national team.”
“The fact that we are not scoring big hundreds consistently is a matter of concern for me and I am saying this because there is a huge difference to where SA was then to where we are at the moment,” he said
South Africa had many greats in their batting lineup who scored consistently. Peterson reminded of the time when SA batters were scoring consistent heavy 100s against the likes of England. England scored about 400 runs in the first innings and despite that SA were able to defeat them, that too by an innings because of heavy hundreds by Graeme Smith (131 runs), Hashim Amla (311) and Jacques Kallis (182)
Peterson pointed out that in this era, players are content scoring 50s and that they need to change their mindset and look for big hundreds or even double hundreds. Apart from Temba Bavuma and Dean Elgar (77 in 2nd innings), no South African batsman got any decent runs. The batting line-up will now have to look for a solid replacement for Quinton De Kock who announced a shocking retirement a few days ago at the age of 29 only.
The 2nd test match will start on Johannesburg on the 3rd of January. India have their tail up from the win in the first match and are eyeing their maiden test series win in South Africa under the leadership of Virat Kohli.