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Attitude and application our bane

cricket Updated: Jun 18, 2009 00:43 IST
Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar
Hindustan Times
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Once again, it was batting that let India down after the bowlers, especially the spinners, had done a splendid job in restricting the Proteas to 130.

MS Dhoni used his slow bowlers cleverly and they had the South African batsmen in a spin after the top order had given them a good start. India too got off to a brisk start but then began the senseless shot selection.

Many reasons will be attributed to the defeats but the ones to look at closely are attitude and application.

The South Africans now meet Pakistan in the first semi-finals at Trent Bridge and if they have seen how the pitch behaved, the Pakistanis will look to strengthen their attack with spinners. They already have Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Shoaib Malik to ply spin and in Umar Gul and Mohammad Amir they have a formidable new-ball attack. They will be playing against a team that has looked complete in all respects of the game with its fielding being absolutely world class. With Jacques Kallis back in the team after being rested for the India game, the South Africans have an all-rounder of the highest quality.

South Africa's determination to win is enormous the World Twenty20 would be the ideal one to fill the gap.