During the T20I series preceding the Tests, when South Africa’s batsmen—prominently Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma—exhibited excellent temperament and judgement against the spinners, it almost seemed as though the Proteas were more intent on milking those singles to prepare for the Tests, rather than seeing to the immediate task at hand.
However, like with all their ICC tournaments, the bigger stage has seen them flatter to deceive. The only consolation is that they aren’t the first team to feel the heat in India. That they have the best record in Asian countries for non-Asian teams is history. And India’s dominance at home is the present-day reality.
Beating India in the subcontinent seems like a far-fetched dream so much so that social media has been trending with World XIs to beat India at home. South Africa does’t have a dream team. Since their first team XI hasn’t done well, it is inevitable that we will see changes in the visiting camp.