Former South Africa Test captain Kepler Wessels said on his column on the SuperSport Web site that the team had more to gain than lose.
“In my view, the Proteas should have gone for the win while Steyn and Philander were at the crease,” Wessels said. “Looking at the situation objectively and without emotion there was far more to gain going for the win than settling for a draw. The team was chasing history by breaking the record for the highest run chase. After the efforts of De Villiers and Du Plessis they deserved it.”
Herschelle Gibbs took to Twitter to say that the win would have been greater than the famous “438” one-day international against Australia at the same venue in 2006.
Many South African netizens agreed and said they would rather have seen the side go for the win and lose than play out the draw.