We got a ‘good hiding’ from India: SA coach Ottis Gibson

Gibson lamented that injuries cost South Africa in the series but he also blamed the batsmen for letting the team down

A disappointed South Africa coach Ottis Gibson says he has no excuses to offer for the “hiding” his depleted side has taken from a rampaging India, leaving him with a lot to think about going forward.

A 73-run win over South Africa in the fifth one-dayer here on Tuesday has ensured India their first ever series victory on South African soil across all formats. The Virat Kohli-led team has taken an unassailable 4-1 lead in the six-match ODI series.

“You take three of your best batsmen out of any team, they will struggle and when you do it against a very strong Indian team it has exposed us. I’ve told the lads in the dressing room we will not make excuses but will try and get better. We have got a good hiding from India, let us not kid ourselves about that, but it has also given us a lot of food for thought going forward,” said Gibson at the post-match conference.

“I know we have been focusing on the World Cup, but I don’t think the team that will go to that tournament is the one that you saw tonight,” he added.

Gibson also conceded that India’s wrist spin pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have tormented his side in this ODI series but felt they may not be that useful in the World Cup in England.