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December 23, 2013

Were South Africa right to shut shop in the last three overs of the Wanderers Test?


With only Imran Tahir and an injured Morne Morkel to follow, the risk of going for a win was too much.


After getting so close, they should have taken their chances, especially considering India had set the field back.


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January 23, 2014, 5:42 GMT


I think SA should have taken their chances as Indian bowling didn't look that threatening to remove wickets quickly

December 25, 2013, 6:28 GMT


They were right in shutting down with only 16 to go. All it needed was 3 good balls or possibly 3 brain freezes to undo all the good work done for the last day and a half. South Africe was correct from their point of view. What was surprising though was that they could not see that the Indian team had almost given up, and the body language suggested a that they were only hoping that SA would not go for it!!

January 25, 2014, 13:09 GMT


They should have tried to win. They kneel down. I dont know why so. They fought hard to win and when they were almost there they pulled back.......

January 23, 2014, 18:43 GMT


While I understand the need to be cautious, and SA did prove they knew what they were doing by winning the second game, but when you're the top test team in the world, you need to behave like one. You can't build the aura of invincibility around you, which you need if you want to rule the sport for a long time, by being meek and spineless. In addition to being skilful, the top team also needs to intimidate. By not going after the target they lost the chance to pen the narrative of a team that could achieve the impossible. Instead, they remain the team that is capable of much, but always falls short. When South Africa lose their No. 1 ranking within the next year or so, its roots will be found in this game.

January 23, 2014, 16:49 GMT


Cricinfo headlines " greatest draw" but for me it was greatest disappointment.

January 15, 2014, 4:18 GMT


It was close enough to go for it. Proteas chickened out.

January 14, 2014, 8:04 GMT


I think it was a try to cheer up indian team and supporters. There was no need to be too defensive. had they have chased it successfully, it'd have been a record and a slap to the indian bowling which is not welcomed by BCCI and is least SA would want at this point in time.

January 12, 2014, 11:04 GMT


It was everything for SA to gain for in fact. Nobody had chased such a big total and they were right at the door step. And they took the backward step. On the other hand had they lost, they came down fighting!! Even that loss would have been rated higher than this draw!

December 25, 2013, 10:12 GMT


Worked so hard, got to go for it. If you lose a wicket, then shut down. Send Morkle ahead of Tahir, and dont run.

December 25, 2013, 7:18 GMT


I would have accepted this by a regular team, but not from the #1 ranked team. I was happy when England lost their #1 ranking, because they were so boring. The Aussies used to settle for nothing but a win. The kiwis under Stephen Fleming would gamble to go for a win rather than a draw. That made cricket more interesting.