Team India continued their rampant run against South Africa as they defeated the visitors by an innings and 202 runs on Day 4. With the win, the Indian team completed a 3-0 whitewash over their Freedom Trophy rivals and also regained the eponymous trophy, which they lost in South Africa last year. The Virat Kohli-led side also continues to maintain its lead in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship standings with a perfect 240 points after five Test matches.
For a change, it was the Indian pacers who outshined their South African counterparts throughout the series in home conditions. During South Africa’s previous visit to the country in 2015, it was the Indian spinners who dominated in the team's thumping 3-0 win on rank turners. The 2019 series was, however, played on sporting pitches and it was the Indian fast bowlers this time who ably supported their captain and rattled the Proteas batsmen.
Former India fast bowler Irfan Pathan was full of praise for the current crop of pacers in the team and their performances in the recently concluded series. In an interview with a leading media daily, Pathan highlighted Mohammed Shami’s mindset and fitness as something incredible. He described Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav as wicket-takers. Among the visiting pacers, Pathan said that apart from Rabada, none of the South African bowlers looked threatening.
Irfan Pathan last played a Test match for India in 2008. He has played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20Is for the country. He has taken a combined 301 international wickets in his career and is the only player in the world to take a Test hat-trick in the first over of the match.