'Rohit Sharma will struggle in SA due to his footwork'

MUMBAI: In his playing days, he used to be said for being a doughty, tricky man to dislodge on the crease, at a time when one of the most best possible speedy bowlers terrorised batsmen at will. Kepler Wessels also entered a novel bracket when he opened the batting for Australia, after which led South Africa, after the latter came again into the international fold.

On Saturday, TOI stuck up with the previous South African captain who's in India to fulfil his broadcasting duties for the ongoing India-South Africa sequence.


Excerpts from an interview.

Why is Rohit Sharma suffering in South Africa?
He will at all times combat to attain runs in SA on account of his footwork. He crops his entrance foot throughout to the off-side and in SA, the pitches at all times seam and jump slightly. This is the explanation that he averages around 10 there. He'll at all times combat there on account of his technique. It does not impact him in India and even in Australia, since the ball does not seam there, it simply bounces, but when you have seam and jump, with that technique, he's got an issue.

You were a left-handed opener yourself. How inspired are you with Shikhar Dhawan?
He appears to be like very spectacular in one-day cricket. He's excellent there. In the Tests, he's nonetheless liable to the short ball, but the overall bundle is excellent.

India were outclassed in the Tests, but they are playing at a different degree in the ODIs. What has changed?
I think that they've got a unconditionally different workforce, a unconditionally different arsenal. They have offered the two legspinners which has utterly puzzled the SA set-up. I think that India's One-Day workforce in this day and age is excellent. Their Test workforce is good too. I imply they are ranked No. 1 in the Tests, but I think that this ODI workforce, with the combination and variety that they have is very good.

What's your tackle India's pace assault?
It has inspired me. I believed that they bowled beautifully in the Tests. They bowled wicket-taking deliveries. Before the Tests, I believed that the Indian batsmen would rating runs and the bowlers would combat to bowl SA out, nevertheless it became out to be the opposite direction around. The bowlers were in point of fact good and the batsmen struggled.

What has been particularly good about India's pacers?
They've got good talents. They move the ball, hit the seam, and have also got selection. They are all slightly different (to one another). Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) swings it well, Bumrah hits the pitch hard. He can also bowl some great yorkers and fast bouncers. So, that has been a big plus so far as Indian cricket is concerned... the truth that they now have speedy bowlers who can take wickets in a foreign country.

Why are SA's batsmen suffering such a lot in opposition to leg spin?
I am slightly bit shocked (to peer) them combat to the stage that they have (in opposition to the leggies). Then also, when you are taking out all their complete most sensible batsmen (because of injuries), excluding Hashim Amla, and expose all their inexperienced gamers, I suppose that's going to occur, but I have been slightly shocked that they have struggled as badly as they've. They are specifically suffering to play the wrist spin and the chinaman. They are going through problem choosing the ball which turns away from the correct perspective, that's the one they are in point of fact suffering with.

With Kuldeep Yadav being a chinaman bowler, does that make it harder for SA's batsman?
It is the loss of now not seeing that kind of bowler. Some of those guys have by no means ever performed a chinaman bowler ahead of. In addition, they didn't realise how good those two wrist spinners were. They were blindsided by means of that. I am sure that they did know that they were good, but they didn't understand how good (this duo is) and they were slightly shocked by means of that.

Does that imply that they do not play sufficient good wrist spin at home?
I don't see any wrist spinners in SA (in home cricket). In our home cricket, suits are performed on seamer-friendly tracks.


Is there a concern that beyond De Villiers, Hashim Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis, there's loss of intensity of intensity in the Proteas' batting?
Yes there's, as a result of all three of them are of the similar age more or less. There's a chance that put up 2019, they might not be there anymore, so no one else shall be remarkable or outstanding to position their hand up (to switch them).


In the background of what has transpired in India-South Africa Tests in recent times, how do you take on the issue of teams making poor wickets to take home benefit?
The groundsmen must be allowed to prepare the surfaces the best way they wish to. In India, you'll be able to at all times get a pitch that turns, and in South Africa, you'll be able to at all times get a pitch on which the ball seams slightly. But you probably have too much interference from pitch consultants, captains and the coaches, then that confuses the ground-staff, and that's where you end up with surfaces that are sub-standard.


Considering how India are playing in SA currently, do you notice them as the favourites going into the 2019 World Cup?
I would not say favourites, but they will be very competitive. Barring injuries to key gamers, it's looking good for them. They shall be difficult to beat.


And where does South Africa stand?
Right now, we are going to wish to reinforce in each department. They wish to make certain that their key gamers are playing neatly when they are in shape. They wish to get more selection in the bowling department. They don't have the spinners presently.
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