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'India didn't show enough desire to win' - Smith

Graeme Smith, the South Africa captain, speaks after his side drew an exciting first Test against India at Johannesburg.

December 22, 2013

Posted by ravimenon on (December 24, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

We know all teams are playing for win and not to lose or to get fair result. But, after doing lot and almost everything they could do, losing is heartbreaking. so, looking back after the match, I felt this is a fair result for both teams, because both the teams didnt deserve to lose. If India has to win, I think, Ashwin should get at least two or three wicket.

Posted by SamLevy on (December 24, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

If there is one thing both teams should take away: Great times beget great leaders. SA and India historically are aware of it, from Gandhi to Mandela. Difficult pitches require some players to lead from the front and a few batsmen did on both sides. The key was application and tactics. Incredible application from Kohli, Pujara, Philander, Faf and ABD. Both captains fell short in terms of tactics but the tactics of the leaders who took charge at the time, was exemplary. I hope India go unchanged in team selection to the Wanderers with a rethink of bowling tactics. If India lose it would be because of poor batting but if they win, it would be a superior bowling performance that would get them there. Zak should be used as the stock and Shami should be the wild card with aggressive field placement.India might consider Raina replacing Rahane to help Ashwin but it depends on the turf. Have a sneaky suspicion Dhawan might come of age, Im sure he is itching! Lets hope we get a great match!

Posted by SamLevy on (December 24, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Nobody ever wants a "fair outcome". We dont follow a 5 day affair with passion to get a "fair outcome". We expect a great outcome! either which way. The fortune of either of the teams should not be greater than that of the sport itself, and I think Test Cricket suffered in the final 3 overs of the game. Just because the stakes are higher, rather than clamouring down, SA should have gone for possible glory. On the other hand, Steyn has been demoralised in this test a bit, and as a No7 batsman when its going down to the wire, more than ability, you need confidence and nerves, which clearly failed him. Since he was the senior batting partner, Philander did not take the initiative as well, in case he himself got out. He didnt have the captain's backing. MSD might have sent out a very different message. Feel bad for MS given RA's poor form and Zak's iffy confidence levels. His lack of confidence in his bowlers was clear on the 5th day, and he needs to think about it. You need 20 wickets!

Posted by ravimenon on (December 24, 2013, 2:32 GMT)

End of the day we got a fair result. But, when we look back, I think I have to support Smith's views. Most of the time whille Faf & DV were batting, I thought MSD lost control.H didn't try enough to dislodge the partnership and was playing waiting game expecting pitch will do something. He over used Zaheer, who was most expensive and under used Shami, who looked to be the the best wicket taking bowler for India in this tesi. Ashwin looked pedestrian and never looked like getting wicket and also surprised not to see Rohit Sharma especially after Ashwin's poor show. I dont blame Philander & steyn for closing the game becuase after doing that much no body liked to lost the match

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

smith say india did not desire to win ...........i think he need to look at that side which have wickets in hand they still not went for win .......i think in cricket u have to take risk to achieve big .........india take and in the end get draw

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

poor Mr.smith is jus covering up the criticize got from the fans of SA ,saying that India didn't try for win. Dhoni wud have cut the boundaries from the tea itself and spread the field and SA wouldn't have dared fancy their chances of winning the match. It's india pushed for the victory and went for the wickets set attacking fields till the last 4 four remaining. And i never seen Dhoni go for such intention to win a match where he always plays safe and then try to win.

Posted by naveenk on (December 23, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Brilliant effort from SA to defend 421 on the last day ..Very surprising that steyn and philander didn't go for a win with 3 wickets inhand. Its a lucky escape from India from losing the Test match.Hatsoff to virat on his brilliant batting on both the innings . I think his innings saved the match.

Posted by   on (December 23, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

@shahid ali leghari! ur team wud not hav scored 200 in both innings! & iam being generous 2 my pakistani brothers! remember 54 all out?!!!

Posted by Masking_Tape on (December 23, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

India didn't show enough desire? You needed 7 more runs to win with 3 wickets in hand!!

Posted by ProdigyA on (December 23, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

If it had been pakistan, they would have been all out for

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