As India's dominance in the home series continued, Rajkumar Sharma, childhood coach of skipper Virat Kohli, on Tuesday hailed India's bowling attack. Speaking to ANI, Rajkumar said that, "India now has a great fast bowling unit and we can defeat any country in their home in ODIs and Tests."
"At present, I think the Indian bowling attack is number one in the world and no team will give us a bowler-friendly wicket as it can backfire," he added.
Sharma said that the bowling line-up maintained their intensity throughout and it was pleasing to see Nadeem make his debut. India took only two overs to wrap South Africa’s second innings on Tuesday as they won the third Test by an innings and 202 runs at Ranchi. In the process, they whitewashed South Africa (SA) 3-0. This is not just the 4th biggest innings defeat for SA, but also only the third time since re-admission that the team has lost all matches in a series involving three or more Tests. Furthermore, Sharma congratulated Kohli for the series win and stated the positives from the series.
"It was a fantastic win for India and I would like to congratulate skipper and BCCI. Rohit Sharma opening the game and Mayank Agarwal's exceptional run are some of the positives we can take from the series," he added.
SA’s woes were summed up by the fact that pacer Umesh Yadav also hit a quickfire 31 from simply 10 balls with five huge sixes. On the other hand, SA could not handle India’s fiery pace attack and the wily spinners, collapsing for 162. Only Zubayr Hamza put up some fight scoring a half-century. Thereafter, India imposed the follow-on. However, SA’s response failed to be different as they lost their top order batsmen very early in the innings. Apart from Ravichandran Ashwin, every bowler rose to the occasion. Debutant left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem picked two wickets in each innings. He took the final wicket of the SA innings to secure an 11th straight series win for India on home soil.
(With inputs from ANI)