After a string of poor performances, the under-fire duo of Pujara and Rahane got here good with the bat, scoring half-centuries in India’s second innings of the second Test.
“The team has backed them because of the experience and what they have done in the past. They had the belief that they will come good and they did,” Gavaskar stated on ‘Star Sports.’
“Sometimes we can be a little bit hard on some of our senior players because you have these exciting young players waiting in the wings and we all want to see them get a bit of exposure.
“But so long as these senior gamers are taking part in nicely and never getting out badly, then I feel we must always present religion in them,” he added.
India was with out the companies of normal skipper Virat Kohli who was dominated out of the Test minutes earlier than the toss as a consequence of a decrease again spasm.
“It is wonderful, that is the primary time that India have misplaced a Test match wherein Virat Kohli has not performed. They drew as soon as in Sydney however in any other case they’ve at all times received.
Despite Rahane and Pujara’s knocks India was not capable of include the South African batters, specifically skipper Dean Elgar, who stitched essential partnerships to guide the hosts to series-levelling 1-1 win right here on Thursday.
Gavaskar was not impressed by stand-in skipper KL Rahul‘s subject placements. He was additionally important of the Indian fielding.
“I thought giving Dean Elgar those singles at the start of the innings was making life a little bit easier for him.
“Elgar will not be a hooker of the ball so to have two males within the deep didn’t make any sense. He was taking the singles fairly comfortably.
“The Indian fielding could have been just that little bit sharper. But otherwise, it was the South Africans who won the game. I don’t think the Indians lost it, the South Africans who won this game,” stated Gavaskar.