Winning a test match is always an achievement, whether it is at home or away. India made quick work of South Africa during the third test at Ranchi and finished the match early on the fifth day to win by an innings and 202 runs. This was yet another comprehensive test win for the Indian team who wrapped up the Freedom test series 3-0.
South Africa Had No Answers
While a 3-0 test series win is great for India as it strengthens their position at the top of the World Test Championship ranking, it was another huge blow to South African cricket. The Proteas have struggled for the last couple of years and the manner of defeat in India will be very demoralizing to a proud South Africa team.
South Africa had no answers to whatever questions were asked in both the batting and bowling departments. They tried out a new opening combination in this test match, dropping A Markram and promoting Quinton de Kock to the top of the order. It did not work out well for them and ended up weakening their middle-order.
They dropped V Philander instead of dropping A Nortje and decided to replace Philander with L Ngidi. It was another move that backfired as Ngidi ended up with no wickets. South Africa might need to make a number of key changes going forward including appointing a new captain.
India Focuses On Being Multi-Dimensional
India have used this test series to address a number of weaknesses in the side and it worked out well for them. The team looks stronger than ever as the bowling and batting departments fired consistently in this Freedom test series.
Rohit Sharma finished with both the man of the match and the man of the series awards for his exceptional performance at the top of the order throughout the series.
In a statement, captain Virat Kohli said “Making things happen on pitches that don’t seem to offer too much, is something we’re very proud of. Even when we travelled away from home, we wanted to compete. Getting into the right kind of mindset is something these guys have worked really hard to get into. Looking at the way these guys run into bowl, or even in the field, you can see that mindset. To be the best side in the world, you have to be multi-dimensional”.