India conceded their first defeat at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Dean Elgar led from the front and his unbeaten 96 took South Africa to a win by 7 wickets. India, who were marred by inconsistent batting by their top batters, saw some impressive display from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
The duo forged a 111-run partnership for the third wicket and Pujara scored 53 off 86 deliveries. He has been India’s top performer over the years but has drawn flak in the recent times.
Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar has heaped massive praise on the senior player and compared him to Hashim Amla.
“When I look at him, he reminds me of Hashim. Watching Hashim bat, you know there’s a sense of calm that everything is under control. The ball could be doing things but there was that sense because even on pitches where the ball was turning, the way Hashim was batting in India, it was almost as if, ‘look, nothing’s happening’, and that’s the same thing with Cheteshwar Pujara,” said Gavaskar on SuperSport.