Proteas legend Mark Boucher believes South Africa need to put the India tour behind them as quickly as possible and start looking to the future.

Faf du Plessis and his team saw the curtain drawn early on their trip to the Asian country on Tuesday when they suffered their biggest ever loss to the world’s number one side, going down by an innings and 202 runs in Ranchi.

It completed one of South Africa’s worst-ever tours, the 3-0 scoreline not illustrating enough how poor they have been. But Boucher still had some sympathy for Enoch Nkwe’s team.

In what has been a chastening tour post Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla’s retirement, the Proteas lost the opening Test by 203 runs and the second by an innings and 137 runs, before their meltdown in Ranchi.

The team will now return home and the players head back to their franchises ahead of Mzansi Super League 2.0 that begins in a few weeks.


The Test team’s next assignment is a four-match home series against England starting in December.

Boucher believes there is nothing stopping Du Plessis and his men from bouncing back then and appeasing their heartsore fans.

While the team is making its way back, the 2019/20 franchise first-class 4-Day Domestic Series is already underway and into round three this week.

Boucher believes there are many players in that competition already putting up their hands with strong early-season form.

The former wicketkeeper and current Titans coach reckons that with some wise selections, South Africa will have every chance of beating the English. Report by Thahir Asmal