Initially (yesterday) I thought that the wicket was too tough to bat on. But after seeing the reports today it seems that it was seaming true but was not unplayable kind of thing. They just could not apply themselves there and got out.
In all aspect it was a lot below par performance from us.
But some of the indian players were out there in SA earlier than the usual team. They should have been adjusted with the condition there. All these things have to do with the mindsets and Indians are not able to remove the past (in SA) from their mind and hence are struggling.
The players that went early also left in batches which is not how a team should be leaving since eventually it was three batches that reached South Africa. India could have got New Zealand to reduce its schedule by having only two Tests which certainly would have helped as then the tour would have finished early and the team could have had at least one first class match under their belts before the Test series began.
With Zaheer Khan missing from the lineup, India face an uphill battle from now on. The happy, hearty chant of Ole, Ole by home fans will only grow louder if India don’t come back strongly in the contest.