Brave captain can declare early on opening day Test, says Intikhab Alam
Mumbai, Nov 25: South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis had courage to declare the innings at a low score on the first day of the D/N Test against Australia at Adelaide on Thursday.
South Africa's score of 259 runs 9 wickets (declared) is, however, not the lowest ever.
Pakistan's Intikhab Alam was brave enough to declare at 130 runs (9 wickets) against England at Lord's in 1974.
"The captain should have courage to declare the innings at a low score on the opening day of the Test match", speaking exclusively over his mobile from Lahore, Intikhab Alam said.
"There were no coach during our time in those days and decision was taken by me. The wicket was playing tricks and I wanted to ensure that we do not lose the Test match on a possible rain-affected pitch".
"With fifty minutes possible to test the England batsmen, Intikhab declared and his enterprise was rewarded, Amiss falling to a fine close catch by Sadiq following a lifter from Masood. Then Lloyd and Edrich confidently saw England to 42 for one at the close", the Wisden Almanack, known as Bible of Cricket, has noted.
"Don Bradman's Australia's side to England on Ashes tour in 1948 remained unbeaten and we also wanted to remain undefeated on this series and therefore I took this gamble".
"I am happy that it was a successful, and satisfying tour. The 3-Test series ended with 0-0".
du Plessis played safe by declaring as his team has already won the series and he also wanted to ensure Warner does not come to open the Australia innings as he was off the field for sometime.