‘Proud prouder proudest’, says Virat Kohli; Twitter lauds India for Johannesburg win vs South Africa
Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team claimed a sensational win in the third and final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, dramatically tearing through South Africa’s batting line-up to triumph by 63 runs on Saturday.cricket Updated: Jan 28, 2018 16:14 IST
Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team finally got back to winning ways in South Africa on Saturday as it completed a 63-run victory over the hosts to draw some consolation and avoid a 3-0 whitewash.
While the win was insignificant in terms of the fate of the series, it ensured that India end up defending their Test mace as second-placed South Africa can’t overtake them by the April 3 cut-off date. (INDIA vs SOUTH AFRICA FULL COVERAGE)
India rode on the heroics of Mohammed Shami on Day 4, who picked up his best innings figures of 5/28, after gritty knocks from Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had led India to put up decent totals in both the innings.
While this was the first Test series loss for Virat Kohli after assuming captaincy, the victory at Johannesburg also ensured that it remained a fort for India away from home. Having played five matches at the venue so far, India have won twice while three games ended in draws.
The win was also a sigh of relief for the players and the management who were heavily criticised after two losses with Kohli’s team selection also put under the scanner. Naturally, the victory gave way for a few celebrations with head coach Ravi Shastri being seen walking around with a wide grin on his face. He also led the rest on social media platforms, posting a picture of the victorious side as a proud coach.
Here are some of the best tweets:
Proud prouder proudest. Hats off to the whole team for showing character throughout. This day will always be special. Jai hind pic.twitter.com/z2T0er5fLd— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 27, 2018
Proud of the boys. Has to be one of the most courageous and bravest and best overseas Test wins ever. God bless pic.twitter.com/eTn63XFwRu— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 27, 2018
If Dhoni brought calmness under pressure to Indian cricket that it never had, Virat is bringing a never say die attitude to Indian cricket that it never had.#INDvSA— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 27, 2018
Controversial Test Match in SA ... Congrats to both sets of players for getting on with it ... particular the Batsman who showed a huge amount of Skill,desire & Courage ... Fantastic Test Win for India .. #INDvSA— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 27, 2018
The six-ODI series between South Africa and India starts from February 1 in Durban.