Considering how the series has gone by, I can take a lot of positives. The new ball will be a threat anywhere in the world. It's been a great start, so I don't want to let it go.
That series is set to begin on November 3, with the first T20I to be played in Delhi. We will love to have your company for that game. Till then Happy Diwali in advance.
The visitors from here play England at home on Boxing day. Interesting to see if they can recover from this hammering from the Indians by then. States that the bowlers are doing things which does not happen off the surface.
Believes great mindset helps them perform like that. Adds that he is proud of the team. Says that seeing the pacers steaming in, spinners bowling consistently feels good.
Kohli says that to be the best side in the world, they knew that they need to be multi-dimensional. Adds that it's all about team efforts. Points that the side does not mind playing an extra bowler instead of playing an extra batsman.
Adds that the side has great belief and that they can win anywhere in the world. States that the side wants to be the best side in the world. The new Indian Test opener starts by saying that he is thankful for getting the opportunity at the top.
States that he will take a lot of confidence from the series as an opener. Adds that its a great start for him and he would love to carry on. Adds that when he started opening in in ODIs, he realized that the opener needs to show some discipline early on.
Believes that the management, the coach and the skipper supported him well and that's what helps the player do better. Points that he backs himself for getting those big scores.
Congratulates the Indians for dominating all the three Tests. On the Indian bowling attack, the Protea skipper says that in , there were spinning tracks but this time around things are different.
Adds that the pitches are perfect for Test cricket. Credits the Indian bowlers for being relentless. Says that the Indian seamers bowled the stumps line and that's why they were successful.
Believes that the South Africans were not able to do that consistently. On positives from the tour, Faf says that a lot of young players are coming in. Adds that the series has been tough for them but they will try to compete next time. Adds that touring India has always been tough and the stats speak for themselves.
Shastri says that the bowling has improved so much that they have taken the pitch out of the equation. Adds that once they have taken the 20 wickets, their batting is so good that they focus on the 20 wickets along with points.
On Rohit Sharma and Rahane, Ravi says that Rahane was not going anywhere from the middle order and he needed to rediscover his touch. Adds that Rohit did well as an opener. He knew when to leave the ball, when to defend and when to attack. On Shahbaz Nadeem, Shastri says that he is very impressed with him and says that the first wicket he got was a spinner's delight.
Further says that even him in his prime was not able to do what Nadeem did. Says that it is a team effort and there are 6 to 7 players who will put their hand up and contribute for the team.
Shami says that the pacers are always ready with the responsibility. Adds that the Indian skipper gives them a lot of confidence by allowing them to have fielders wherever they want to.
Says that they try to put the balls in good lines and lengths.
Agarwal adds that he was happy to get a debut in Australia. Credits the bowlers for picking 20 wickets in almost every game. On the Protea batters struggling against the Indian quicks, Agarwal says that he enjoys the sight of the opposition batters hopping to play the Indian bowlers.
Shami says that everyone works hard on their fitness and that has helped them. He further adds that they have been born and brought up in these conditions so that makes things easier for them. States that the everyone in the team enjoys each other's success.
Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock scored centuries but that was it. After another ton from Rohit Sharma, the Indian bowlers bundled the visitors for a mere runs to win the Test by runs. Ravichandran Ashwin got a 7-fer in the first innings and Shami got a fifer in the second.
In the second Test, it was time for a Virat Kohli show as he raked up a double ton while Agarwal scored back-to-back Test match centuries. With contributions from Pujara, Rahane and Jadeja, India yet again posted a huge total of runs before the declaration. And then the Indian bowlers took the responsibility upon them and once again bundled the South Africans for runs which could've been lot less if not for the run stand between Maharaj and Philander for the 9th wicket.
Indian skipper Kohli enforced the follow-on there too and the bowlers this time combined together to bundle them out for runs and winning the game by an innings and runs.
We already know what has happened here in the final game. Jadeja and Ashwin had one wicket to their name too. Nadeem came to bowl the second over of the morning session of Day 4 and picked up the two wickets to seal the game to complete the whitewash. The top-order collapsed, Dean Elgar had to retire hurt after getting hit on the helmet with Theunis de Bruyn becoming the first-ever concussion substitute for the South Africans.
George Linde and Dane Piedt frustrated the Indians with a brief stand but they eventually got out.
De Bruyn along with Nortje made sure that the game goes to Day 4. But eventually India took just 12 balls to wrap up the things. Two pacers bouncing the openers out before bad weather interrupted the second day's play.
Day 3 started with Umesh Yadav removing the visitor's skipper Faf du Plessis in the first over. Then, a run stand was the only positive that happened for the Proteas in the first innings. Hamza after getting to his maiden half ton departed and the visitors were bundled for a paltry total of runs.
Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with 3 scalps while Shami, Jadeja and debutant Nadeem picking two apiece.