Johannesburg: Former South African skipper Clive Rice is disappointed with the Proteas’ performance in the first Test against India, and feels their bowlers committed the mistake of bowling too short.
“South Africa have got a real good attack. They generally put it together, that’s why they are No. 1. But in this Test, South African bowlers have bowled short. Knowing that India don’t like short pitched stuff, they have over bowled it. Knowing the ball is seaming around, they should have bowled it further up more often,” Rice told MAIL TODAY.
Rice, who led South Africa on their return from isolation in 1991, was full of praise for the Indian bowlers.
“India’s spin attack is miles better than South Africa’s. India doesn’t have anyone bowling at 150 (kmph) but with the spin option, it’s a balanced bowling side,” the former all-rounder said.
Rice is particularly impressed by veteran Zaheer Khan.
“In India, it’s difficult to find fast bowlers who will be bowling at 150 but you have to be skillful, have swing and movement. That's what Zaheer does so well."
"If he can filter that through to other players, it will help Indian bowling overall."
"I like Zaheer's variations, ability to bowl round and over (the wicket) and move the ball from different angles. The slightest error from the batsman and Zaheer will get him," Rice said.
However, he is still reserving his judgment on Virat Kohli, who scored a century and 90-plus in the Test.
"Let Virat have few more innings. He is a very good player. He’s not going to fill Sachin’s boots because those were very big shoes.”
Rice now believes India can go on to win the series.
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