Virat Kohli-led Indian Cricket Team did not have the best of starts in 2018 as they tasted defeat in Cape Town with the batsmen not living upto the expectation after all of them has a great home season last year.
They failed to meet the expectations of the fans and former greats, as they faced a humiliating 72 run defeat in the series opener at Newlands, Cape Town on Monday.
It is known that India has never won a Test series in the rainbow nation, and many believed that this Team India could turn the fortune, but Cape Town defeat can certainly jolted their belief. With the Newlands defeat, India went down 1-0 in the three-match Test series against South Africa.
Meanwhile, Team India’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is confident that they will come back strongly in the second Test, starting from 13 January at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
In the Cape Town Test, Pandya as always was on fire, playing a brilliant 93-run knock in the first innings to lift India from a precarious 92 for 7 to 209, as well as picked up three wickets.
On Tuesday, Pandya took to Twitter and wrote, “Grateful for all your wishes and support throughout the first test. Disappointed that we fell short the way we did. We will come back harder and stronger in Pretoria! #SAvIND.”
Grateful for all your wishes and support throughout the first test. Disappointed that we fell short the way we did. We will come back harder and stronger in Pretoria! #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/LUCJtTcx73— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 9, 2018