'Below-par captaincy,' Shoaib Akhtar criticises South Africa's disappointing show against India in 2nd Test
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has criticised Faf du Plessis' 'below-par' captaincy and South Africa's 'below-par' performance after the visitors suffered their second defeat on the trot in the ongoing Test series on Sunday against Virat Kohli's men. India hammered South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test to continue their winning streak in the World Test Championship, bagging a fourth win in a row.
South Africa lost the first Test in Vizag by 203 runs before going down in the second Test to hand away the three-match series to the Kohli-led side. Riding on Kohli's stunning 254 and Mayank Agarwal's brilliant 108, India posted a massive target of 601 runs in the first innings before the bowlers led the show, bundling out South Africa twice in their pursuit of India's first-innings total. The visitors were asked to follow-on after being skittled out for 275 in their first innings but failed to avoid defeat after a brilliant show from the Indian bowlers.
Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets apiece to run through the South African batting line-up in their second innings to skittle out the visitors for a paltry 189 wrapping up an easy win for the hosts. While India ticked all the boxes in the game, South Africa lagged behind across all three departments. The bowlers were taken to the cleaners during India's first innings while the batsmen failed to deliver.
Disappointed with South Africa's meek surrender in the second Test, Akhtar took to Twitter to express his disappointment and said South Africa are going down in Tests as well after a poor show at the 2019 ODI World Cup.
"Disappointed with South Africa's performance. First, ODI failure in World Cup. Now Test Cricket also going down. I dont see potential. Captaincy & performance really below par. Nevertheless, winning 11 series in a row at home is a big achievement. Congrats India," Akhtar tweeted after India sealed the series 2-0.
Disappointed with South Africa's performance. First, ODI failure in World Cup. Now Test Cricket also going down. I dont see potential. Captaincy & performance really below par.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 13, 2019
Nevertheless, winning 11 series in a row at home is a big achievement. Congrats India. #INDvsSA
India will look to complete a 3-0 whitewash when they take on South Africa in the third and final Test in Ranchi starting from Saturday.