India’s much-talked-about bowling unit, comprising Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin, failed to knock out South Africa in the fourth set for the second consecutive time as the hosts won the third Test to clinch all three. -game series 2-1. Coming off of a 113-point loss in the first Test, South Africa exhibited heart-pounding performances in the second and third Tests, especially in their pursuit of Round 4 to win the series, which saw been described by its former wicket-beater keeper and current leader. coach Mark Boucher among the top five performances in South African cricketing history.
The series has seen many top notch performances from both sides but here we will focus on how Indian cricketers fared in these tests.
Mayank Agarwal, 4 below average
The tour did not end as it started for Mayank Agarwal. The right-hander started the series with a solid fifty in India’s first innings at Centurion, but since then has deteriorated to the Karnataka hitter. Mayank started in both legs of the second Test but failed to convert it into anything substantial and he was at sea in the decider in Cape Town.
KL Rahul, 7 Good
Apart from the third and final test, KL Rahul contributed with the bat in almost every test in the series. The right-hander became India’s best run-getter in the series with 226 runs including a hundred wins in the first Test at Centurion. He was also able to lead India for the first time in the absence of Virat Kohli in the second test match.
Cheteshwar Pujara, 2 Very poor
A fifty in round two of the Johannesburg Test is all Cheteshwar Pujara had in his kitty in the series. The experienced right-hander was one of the main disappointments in the series for India. He has scored just 124 runs at an average of 20 in the three Tests and his place in the XI could be in jeopardy the next time India take the field.
Virat Kohli, 5 Average
The Indian Test captain gave his best in the decisive test of the series in Cape Town, scoring a stunning 79 in the first set and a patient 29 in the second set, but that wasn’t enough to see the game through. India above the line. The way he’s come out chasing deliveries well off the stump throughout the series would be a worrying factor.
Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Very poor
Another veteran cricketer who could lose his place in India’s XI after another disappointing run with the bat. Rahane scored just 136 carries at an average of 22.66. The right-handed inability to keep up with the pace and bounce back on the South African tracks was there for everyone. With players like Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer waiting in the wings, it looks really tough for Rahane to keep his place in the side.
Hanuma Vihari, 6 above average
He was able to play in the second test in place of the injured Virat Kohli and did not damage his reputation. The right-hander played a hard shot with the lower order in India’s second leg in Johannesburg. He could be in line to replace Rahane in the middle order of the upcoming Indian series.
Rishabh Pants, 7 Good
India’s wicket-striker drew widespread criticism for the shot he played in India’s second inning in Johannesburg, but the innings he played in Cape Town showed exactly why he can be excused sometimes. Pant scored a scintillating hundred, becoming the first Asian designated wicketkeeper to score a hundred Tests in South Africa. Her outfit was also one of the highlights of the series.
Ravichandran Ashwin, 4, Below Average
It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the experienced off-spinner has left the door open for Ravindra Jadeja to come back from injury and take over as India’s overseas spinner. The courts weren’t conducive to spin bowling at all, but Ashwin will be disappointed he didn’t make impact with the ball. With the bat, however, he played some useful shots.
Shardul Thakur, 7 years old, good
12 wickets in 3 Tests at an average of 19, Shardul Thakur was pretty good with the ball in the series. He also recorded the best numbers by an Indian against South Africa in Tests when he capped 7 for 61 in Johannesburg.
Mohammed Shami, 8 Very good
He looked like he had a wicket on every ball and it showed in his stats. With 14 wickets, Shami was the most successful Indian bowler in the series. He also reached the milestone of 200 Test wickets in the series.
Jasprit Bumrah, 7 Good
Whenever Bumrah had the ball in hand, there was anticipation and hope among the Indian fans. The ace bowler provided the goods most often. He finished with 12 wickets in the series but would be disappointed not to have scored in the second innings of the Johannesburg and Cape Town Tests.
Mohammed Siraj, 3 poor
Much was expected of the energetic Mohammed Siraj but he fell short in the first round. Before he could think of putting things right in the second, a hamstring injury cut his tour short. He finished with just 4 wickets in two Tests.
Umesh Yadav, 5, average
A few eyebrows were raised when Umesh Yadav was chosen over Ishant Sharma for the de-icer in Cape Town, but he did his best to leave an impact. The right-arm tailor took four wickets in the only Test he played in the series.
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