The test series victory over South Africa was a massive respite which team India desperately needed. After losing the T20I and ODI series’, the team morale was at a complete low, as the Indians had been routed in forms where they were expected to win. It was time to avenge those losses, and that is what the Indians, under the leadership of Virat Kohli exactly did.
India’s chief engineers of the series win against the world number one South Africa were R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. The duo spun a web of deception over the minds of the helpless South African batsmen. Ajinkya Rahane’s twin tons in the fourth test too cemented India’s complete dominance over South Africa.
R. Ashwin was named the Man of the Series for taking 31 wickets, and it was his fifth such award, a joint record for India. “I think it is a great feeling, a fitting finale to a wonderful series, we were going for it, we fought really hard,” said an elated Ashwin in the post match presentation. The South Africans dug in deep, especially Amla and AB. It was a great spell towards the end for both of us – me and Umesh. It’s about having a solid defense as a batter. You need to take your time on this wicket,” he said.
Speak about the pitch, he said, “On all these black soil wickets up north and in central India, the fizz goes off on the surface with time. If you trust your defense, you can actually play balls off the front foot.” Ashwin credited Jadeja and Umesh Yadav for the win and said, “Jadeja has been a massive support. He doesn’t give much away, he doesn’t give a lot of leeway and he hits the stumps a lot. He just gets wickets that are really important. The way he bowled in the series, it was a very special performance from him as well. Not to forget the performance of Umesh today.”
Man of Match Ajinkya Rahane dedicated his award to the flood victims in Chennai. Rahane said, “Really enjoyed it. I want to dedicate this to the people of Chennai who have been affected by the floods and the Indian army, who are helping out not just there but everywhere. I quite enjoyed playing out there. I made by Test debut here, those memories were still there. When I went out to bat, I was very determined. I went out there and backed myself to take my chances. I always want to improve my skills day by day. If I focus on the process and take care of my skills, I know the results will follow.”