Johannesburg: His team abandoned plans to go for a win after coming extremely close to upstaging India but South African cricket captain Graeme Smith insisted that the last-minute change in strategy was not prompted by the fear of loss.
In a pulsating finish to the first Test in Johannesburg on Sunday, South Africa fell short by only eight runs in what could have been the highest ever fourth-innings' run-chase. Instead, it was a drawn match, as both teams head to Durban for the second Test on December 26 with the series at 0-0. (Read: Graeme Smith says SA were right to apply brakes on epic chase)
The Proteas' skipper was pointedly asked whether the hosts were scared of losing and hence squandered a position of strength. (Read: Why Virat Kohli is surprised with the South Africans)