Virat Kohli-led Indian Test continued its dominant run in the longest format of the game as they cleanswept the three-match Test series against South Africa for the first time. India won the third and final Test match by an innings and 202 runs early on Day 4 to wrap up the series. For India, there have been many memorable performances in this three-match Test series.
After the match, head coach Ravi Shastri mentioned that there are easily six to seven players who are performing really well and can be termed as match-winners. Shastri gave the example of captain Virat Kohli who leads the side by example. He mentioned about Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara getting runs.
"It's a team effort. Normally in India, you'll have two players hogging the limelight. Here you have six-seven. You have a captain who leads by example. He gets a two-hundred plus score in the series. You have an opening batsman who gets a double hundred. You've got middle-order batsmen like Ajinkya Rahane. There is Pujara chipping in. You've got Jadeja chipping in at six, taking wickets. Fast bowlers are chipping in. You pick seven-eight players who contribute all the time. That's what you want in an Indian side," quoted Ravi Shastri.
Before this series, India’s opening combination wasn’t settled at all but the duo comprising of Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal have played sensationally well to secure their positions in the Test team. Rohit was named the Man of the Series for his spectacular tally of 529 runs in his first ever series as a Test opener. On the other hand, Mayank compiled a fabulous double hundred in the first Test match and then a century in the second Test.
"When you're needed to open the batting, the mindset has to be different. As an opening batsman, you can get out in the first 10 balls. You don't know anything about the pitch. The pitch on Day 1 here was a difficult one. But he got through the first two hours. Had to leave many balls, was beaten many times, was hit on the pad, but his thinking was to survive the two hours as the pitch might get easier to bat after lunch, which is what happened. The job satisfaction of an opening batsman, there's nothing like it. What Rohit has done in this series is incredible," Shastri added.