South Africa suffered a humiliating loss in the second Test in Pune to India by an innings and 137 runs. In the process, the Proteas suffered another Test series loss, having been whitewashed at home earlier this year by Sri Lanka.
Coming at the back of a disappointing World Cup campaign, South Africa have been razed to the ground by a dominant Indian side. Reflecting on the below-par performances of the team, Cricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe has urged fans to be patient as they go through a rebuilding phase.
"It was always going to be a difficult challenge taking on the top team in the world -- certainly under their own conditions -- at a time when we have introduced a new team structure," Moroe said.
"In the past two years we have had to bid farewell to some of the great names of international cricket such as AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn who between them played nearly 450 Test matches for the Proteas," he added, pointing out the loss of several stars of the game.