While experts and critics have been busy blaming team management’s selection in the second Test, Wasim Jaffer has surprisingly asked everyone to trust their call. The former Test batsman also stated that India would be able to level the series if they manage to get 500 in the first innings.
India’s playing XI in the Centurion Test had three changes from the first one in Newlands. While some of them were expected following the narrow 72-run defeat in the opening match, bringing in Ishant Sharma to replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had claimed six wickets at Cape Town, raised many eyebrows.
The decision couldn’t evade the wrath of the former players and panellists. While Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag expressed their disappointments on air, others like VVS Laxman, Allan Donald, Vinod Kambli and RP Singh, took to Twitter to spit out venom. Jaffer, however, has stated that one should trust the management’s experience and call, and should only raise questions after the series.
"You got to leave those decisions to the captain and the coaches, they are very experienced players and they won't do any selection to harm the side. Most of them have played in South Africa, they have been there and other countries like Australia, England and New Zealand, they know what to do, they just need time in the middle and once they get going, this wicket will suit Indian batsman,” said Jaffer as quoted by PTI.
“They know what they are doing, you got to respect them (as) they are answerable to the team as well as the whole nation. You got to leave it
After restricting South Africa to 335 in the first innings, India failed to make the most of it as they lost five wickets for just 183 runs. Fans now have their slender hopes tied to Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya, who still stand at the crease. Jaffer, however, thinks that India can turn around the game if they manage to get 500 on board in the first innings.
“We have bowled them out, now we need to bat really well. If we get 500 plus in this (first) innings, I see India levelling the series," he said.
The 39-year-old, who has just steered Vidarbha to its maiden Ranji Trophy, also revealed that he has no plans of retiring anytime soon as he wants to make the most of his time.
“I got to take season by season. But this (season) gave me a lot of happiness, the way we (Vidarbha) played, I could have got a lot more runs, but I would take the Ranji Trophy (win) in place of that. For me the biggest challenge will be to stay fit for the next 3-4-5 months... to keep myself in good shape and if my fitness is there, there is no reason why I can't play. These days