In Ranchi ground, India won the last and final Test match against South Africa. This is the first Test series where India clean swept South Africa and the man who is most delighted with success is India’s head coach Ravi Shastri.
In the last Test match, India declared the first innings after scoring 497 runs at the loss of 9 wickets. In the first innings, South Africa was all out after scoring 162 runs. India had the lead of 300+ runs so the skipper enforced the follow on the visitors. The change in the batting order of South Africa didn’t prove fruitful.
Indian bowlers dominated the field and picked the wickets at regular intervals. They were successful in taking 20 wickets of the Proteas. India won the last Test match by an innings and 202 runs. It was a successful series for India as they added 120 points in the World Test Championship.
Pitches are not important: head coach
Ravi Shastri was happy with the team’s performance. He clearly said that India didn’t give importance to pitch. He has claimed that we have players who score a big total and also take 20 wickets of opposition.
“Our motto was to take pitches out of the equation. ‘Bhaad me Gaya pitch’ (to hell with the pitches). Whether it’s Johannesburg or Melbourne or Mumbai, we want to take the pitch out of the equation. With the batting line-up we have, if they post big totals and then we have bowlers who can take 20 wickets – we can keep taking those world championship points we’re after. Rahane was never going to go anywhere, he had to rediscover his touch which he’s done,” said Ravi Shastri.
Rohit has got the new position in Test cricket as he has now become the Test opener. Ravi Shastri opined that Rohit Sharma has learnt to face the new ball because of which he is more productive.
“When you need to open in Tests, you might get out in the first 10 balls. But Rohit did well to hang in there for the first two hours. And things changed after lunch for him to take advantage of that. The job satisfaction that an opener gets is wonderful.
Everyone chipped in: Ravi Shastri
There was the new entry in the Indian team in the third Test match and it was the spinner Shahbaz Nadeem. He picked four wickets in the Test match. Shastri is impressed with his performance. He opined that everyone performed very well in this series.
“Extremely impressed with Nadeem. He comes over the top and has a great wrist position. The guy has put in the yards at the domestic level and I am glad he finally had his chance at his home ground. He had no nerves and bowled three maidens on the trot. It is a team effort. Normally, in India, you have two players hogging the limelight. But in this series, everyone chipped in. That is what you want,” said Ravi Shastri.