Former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth praised the Indian cricket team for winning the third Test against South Africa. He was particularly impressed with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Srikkanth said that no words could describe the valiant effort of the Men in Blue. He said that India’s win was one of the finest overseas Test victories.
He said, “I can safely assure that playing Test cricket overseas is tough business but the conditions in Johannesburg made it almost impossible to compete. The Indian batsmen showed the required gumption to fight it out. To be consistently hit on the knuckle and ribs and yet continuing to fight showed the mental strength of this side.”
Continuing further, he said, “Another feather in India’s cap was going in with an all pace attack. This move showed the positive intent of Virat Kohli and his desire to win. Full credit to the bowlers, their body language was exemplary and even during the partnership between Amla and Elgar they never let the intensity go. The biggest gain from the series was the excellent effort of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. In a series where runs came at a premium, Bhuvi showed admirable character and composure. Always under the radar, the all-rounder is certainly becoming the most vital cog in the team sheet. I am sure he will have a lot to offer in Australia and England as well”.
The last time India bagged 60 wickets in a three-Test series outside Asia was in England, 1986. Srikkanth observed that the current side had the pace and they ‘hunted as a pack’. Although the wickets were not evenly distributed, but each bowler played their part perfectly. He believes that teams will reconsider preparing a green top against India. The Chennai native said that there is a lot of cricket left to be played in the series and was confident that one-dayers and T20s would be exciting as well.