Bowling was considered India's weak link before they arrived in South Africa but pacer Ishant Sharma said it has been the key to the team's success in the ongoing opening Test.
Ishant's double strike in the final session of the second day of the first Test on Friday turned the match as he ended with figures of four for 79 in the South African first innings that ended on 244.
"We bowled well in the first innings. In India, only two fast bowlers operate and there aren't too many overs to bowl because the wickets back home help spinners more," said Ishant.
The lanky pacer said the pace unit didn't bowl badly in England and Australia, where India endured whitewashes last year, either but there weren't enough runs on the board.
"If you look at the way we bowled in England or Australia previously, we didn't bowl badly. There weren't enough runs on the board."
Hunting in pack always helps and that's exactly what has happened over here.
"Now we are bowling in partnerships and bowling aggressively. We bowled as a unit and it is because we are all of the same age (save for Zaheer Khan) and there is a nice bonding among us. All three pacers bowled well. As fast bowlers, we backed each other," Ishant explained.