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‘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
Bihan Sengupta
Bihan Sengupta
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team beat South Africa by 63 runs in the third and final Test of the series at Wanderers in Johannesburg. (Twitter )

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.

(Read | India vs South Africa 3rd Test should have been called off: Dean Elgar)

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.

(Read | India were on top from start of 3rd Test: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis)

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:

The six-ODI series between South Africa and India starts from February 1 in Durban.

First Published: Jan 28, 2018 16:12 IST