The Indian cricket team have played some awesome cricketing during the Freedom Series against South Africa. They demolished the Proteas yet again in the third test in Ranchi and ended up winning by an innings and 202 runs.
Before the start of the test series, India had to address a number of concerns which included finding a stable opening combination, fixing the middle order concerns and having a wicket-keeper you can bank on. India found solutions to all of these concerns during the three match test series. We take a look at how things played out:
Found A Good Opening Partnership
R Sharma was given the opportunity to open the innings with M Agarwal and the two openers did phenomenally well for India. R Sharma had scores of 176, 127, 14 and 212 while M Agarwal finished with scores of 215, 7, 108 and 10. The two openers have clicked for India and if they can maintain their good form, this opening partnership can win a lot of test matches for India.
R Jadeja Shows All-Rounder Abilities
There was no H Pandya around for this test series as he is recovering from a serious injury. V Kohli decided to give more responsibility to R Jadeja and play him at number six and he responded brilliantly. He scored 30*, 40, 91 and 51 to prove that he is indeed a reliable all-rounder when India need a backup to H Pandya.
W Saha Delivers Behind The Stumps
The experiment with R Pant was giving the selectors a lot of headaches and they made the bold decision to drop Pant for the first test and give back the gloves to the tried and tested W Saha. He had an excellent test series with the gloves and has restablished himself as the number one test keeper in the country.
There were a number of other positives for India which will make both Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri happy. Vice-captain A Rahane also had a great series with the bat and brings a lot of stability to the middle-order. The selectors gave U Yadav the opportunity to replace I Sharma and he bowled brilliantly as did M Shami. The selectors gave left arm spinner S Nadeem the opportunity to play the third test in the absence of K Yadav and he bowled economically and picked up 4 wickets.