India whitewashed South Africa by 3-0 in the four test match series surprised former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar as the South African batsmen were incapable of playing on Indian pitches.
“I expected India to win the Test series but not 3-0. But the boys have achieved that and it shows their character, considering the team lost the T20 and one-day series,” Gavaskar said.
The pitches in this series helped the spinners as the Indian spinners outplayed South Africa in all departments and excessive focus on the pitches used in this series was not needed.
“When India lose a series overseas, does anyone say that they lost because the pitch was fast and bouncy? South Africa lost the series because their batsmen were incapable to play on Indian pitches. As simple as that,” he said.
“It doesn’t surprise me one bit. He has improved tremendously in the last one year. He has adapted and adjusted well and doesn’t try to bowl six different balls in an over. Not to forget his contribution as a batsman. I would like to see him batting at number six, ahead of Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha,” said the batting great.
Ashwin was the key bowler in this series as the off spinner picked 31 wickets in the series to earn 5th man of the series award in short test so far equaling the record of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
Gavaskar also gave the praise to fast bowler Umesh Yadav whose three wickets burst got them close to victory on the fifth and final day that Indian eventually won by 337 runs.
“He has sharpened up on his pace. And the good thing is that he swings the ball consistently, without losing pace. He always had a good outswinger but now he has developed a potent inswinger too. India will have a good overseas attack with Ishant Sharma and a fit Mohammed Shami,” Gavaskar added.