Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Hashim Amla on the the Proteas' ills in the ODI series

Aakash-Chopra Hashim Amla on the the Proteas' ills in the ODI series
Melinda Barton | 16 February, 2018, 07:04

A historic series triumph sealed, India are expected to put their bench strength to test while a vanquished South Africa would aim for a consolatory win when the two sides square off in the sixth and final ODI, at Centurion today.

India's first one-day worldwide series victory in South Africa has laid a strong platform for a successful 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign, captain Virat Kohli said.

India are scheduled to visit England and Australia later this year for a full-fledged series and that will be Kohli's chance to redeem India's away Test record as the team have won only against West Indies and Sri Lanka in away series this decade. Even as Rahane settles into his more familiar middle-order role, especially considering his ability to play fast bowlers and bat in testing conditions, the series in South Africa was proof that the middle and lower middle-order are far from settled. The former skipper did not comment on that aspect but said that bowling has been one of the few positives from this ODI series. We have gotten better in the last two games, we played decently against them. "Whatever experience we get against them, we will take forward".

A depleted South Africa, who were forced to re-work on their team throughout the series, will however aim to salvage some pride from the final encounter. The way I am batting now, it has evolved a lot.

"If you look at the entire (ODI) series, it was a dominant performance for us".

However, India's vice-captain Rohit Sharma scored a series-winning century in the fifth ODI and hit back at his critics in the media during the post-match press conference. "We want to win 5-1 but there might be a scenario to give a few [other] guys a chance", said Kohli, with the series won using only 12 of India's 17-man squad. In each game they have picked up at least five wickets.

For some time in the fourth ODI, it seemed that the South Africans have figured out the spin-mystery of the spin-duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

"Every game that you play for your country is important". Eddie Markham, their captain, won the toss and like in the last match invited India to bat. But when you lose in this manner, whatever adjustments need to be made, you focus on it more.

"I have been very impressed with how he goes about his business on the field because he is composed and he has a good idea of what he likes‚" said Amla in Centurion on Thursday afternoon.