South African batsmen have had a miserable time facing the Indian spinners in the ODI series and the subsequent T20 series that is being played.
They looked clueless against the Indian spinners in the ODI series and the case has been pretty much the same in the one T20 that has kicked off the T20I series. With two matches still to go, a confused South African outfit is busy plugging the loopholes in their batting performance going into the second T20I in Centurion.
Stand in skipper for South Africa in the T20Is, JP Duminy has asked his batsmen "to look into the mirror" and improve on their batting skills ahead of the next T20I on Wednesday.
"Unfortunately from a batting perspective, that's been our Achilles' heel throughout this Indian tour in the short format. As players and as senior batters we have to take responsibility for that," Duminy said after South Africa lost the first Twenty20 International by 28 runs, chasing 204 for victory.
"It's going to come down to execution of our skills. If we execute a plan well, it is potentially going to work. But unfortunately, with our plans in place, we didn't execute as well as we'd have liked."
"I still believe and feel the plans are good, but especially when it's a shorter format you have to execute well. Unfortunately, there were few missed opportunities throughout the innings. But we'll definitely come back stronger. I firmly believe that" he said.
However, Duminy has denied reports of having a low morale in the South African dressing room after the embarrassing ODI series defeat.
"I honestly don't believe that we are dropping our heads, or our body language is bad. Naturally, when you put down opportunities, there will be some moping around, and you have to try and get yourself up as quickly as possible especially in a big game like that.You are going to feel a bit down and it's only natural, but in professional sport, you have to find a way to get back up and I felt within a few balls we certainly did," he added.
The last T20I being a high scoring one, Duminy said it was an easy chase for them which they failed to achieve.
"They were 100 after 8 overs, so at that point, you're looking at probably 220 or 240, and I thought the way the guys came back was exceptional. I was pretty happy with chasing 204. "The mindset and plan was an aggressive one which was to try and take wickets and with that, there are going to be times when you leak a few boundaries," he added.
Duminy said that how you bat while you chase big totals defines who will come out victorious. "You will leak runs in this format so even though we went for 200, from the way we started to the way we came back, there were lots of positives. If these plans had worked fully, we wouldn't be having this conversation. Plan B is something to be looked into for Wednesday,"
"They gave us a chance in the game. Especially in this format, with wickets in hand, you give yourself the best chance to win the game. Those are the kinds of positives to take out of it and as teammates want to feed off that positivity. Hopefully, we take that into the next game," concluded Duminy reflecting on their chances of winning the first T20I.