5th ODI: India exposed us, says South Africa coach Ottis Gibson

Feb 15, 2018, 12:37 IST | PTI

A disappointed South Africa coach Ottis Gibson said 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.

Ottis Gibson
Ottis Gibson

A disappointed South Africa coach Ottis Gibson said 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.

"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 that 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.

"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 the ODI series but felt they may not be that useful in the World Cup. "They might spin it anywhere, but we have got a year to learn with that stuff."

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