Link to average performance, some big disappointments: Report card of Indian players in South Africa series

India’s much-loved bowling unit comprising Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin failed to bowl out South Africa for the fourth time in a row as the hosts won the third Test to win all three. -Match series 2-1. After a 113-run loss in the first Test, South Africa performed brilliantly in the second and third Tests, especially chasing in the fourth innings to win the series, which was described by their former wicketkeeper-batsman and current premier. Coach Mark Boucher has been among the top five appearances in the history of South African cricket.

The series saw many top performances from both the sides but here, we will focus on how the Indian cricketers fared in these Test matches.

Mayank Agarwal, 4 below average

The tour didn’t end the way it started for Mayank Agarwal. The right-handed batsman started the series with a solid half-century in India’s first innings at Centurion, but it has since gone downhill for the Karnataka batsman. Mayank started the second Test in both innings but failed to convert it into anything significant and was at sea in the decider at Cape Town.

KL Rahul, 7 good

Apart from the third and final Test, KL Rahul contributed immensely with the bat in every Test of the series. The right-handed batsman emerged as India’s highest run-scorer in the series with 226 runs, including a match-winning century in the first Test at Centurion. In the second Test match, he got the chance to lead India for the first time in the absence of Virat Kohli.

Cheteshwar Pujara, 2 very poor

Cheteshwar Pujara scored a half-century in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test. The veteran right-handed batsman was one of the biggest disappointments of the series for India. He scored only 124 runs in three Tests at an average of 20 and his place in the XI could be in jeopardy the next time India take the field.

Virat Kohli, 5 average

India’s Test captain put up his best performance in the series-deciding Test in Cape Town, scoring an impressive 79 in the first innings and 29 in the second but that was not enough to take India over the line. The way he got out chasing the ball outside the off-stump throughout the series, it would be worrying.

Ajinkya Rahane, 2 very poor

Another veteran cricketer who may lose his place in the Indian XI after another disappointing series with the bat. Rahane scored only 136 runs at an average of 22.66. The right-handed batsman’s inability to cope with the pace and bounce on the South African track was in front of everyone. With players like Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer waiting in their wings, Rahane is finding it really difficult to retain his place in the team.

Hanuma Vihari, 6 above average

He got the chance to replace the injured Virat Kohli in the second Test and it didn’t hurt his reputation. The right-handed batsman played a brilliant knock with the lower order in India’s second innings at Johannesburg. He could be in line to replace Rahane in the middle order for India’s next series.

Rishabh Pant, 7 Good

The India wicketkeeper-batsman drew much criticism for the shot he played in Johannesburg to get India out in the second innings, but the innings he played in Cape Town showed why he could be forgiven at once. Pant scored a scintillating century and became the first designated Asian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in South Africa. His keeping was also one of the highlights of the series.

Ravichandran Ashwin, 4, below average

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the veteran off-spinner left the door open for Ravindra Jadeja to make a comeback from injury and make a place as India’s overseas spinner. The pitches were not at all conducive for spin-bowling but Ashwin would be disappointed with the ball not making any impact. However, he played some useful innings with the bat.

Shardul Thakur, 7, Good

With 12 wickets in 3 Tests at an average of 19, Shardul Thakur was pretty good with the ball in the series. He also recorded the best figures by an Indian in Tests against South Africa when he took 7 for 61 in Johannesburg.

Mohammed Shami, 8 Very Good

He looked like taking a wicket with every ball and that showed in his stats. Shami was India’s most successful bowler in the series with 14 wickets. He also reached the milestone of 200 Test wickets in the series.

Jasprit Bumrah, 7 Good

Whenever Bumrah had the ball in his hand, there was hope and hope among the Indian fans. The ace bowler provided the stuff more often. He finished the series with 12 wickets but would be disappointed not to be hit in the second innings of the Johannesburg and Cape Town Tests.

Mohammad Siraj, 3 poor

A lot was expected from the energetic Mohammad Siraj but he could not do well in the first Test. Before he could think of fixing things in seconds, a hamstring injury cut short his tour. He took only 4 wickets in two Tests.


Umesh Yadav, 5, average

Some eyebrows were raised when Umesh Yadav was preferred over Ishant Sharma for Deecker in Cape Town but he did his level best to make an impact. The right-arm seamer took four wickets in the only Test he played in the series.

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