Credit should go to the whole team though individual performances like that of Sreesanth, Laxman and Ganguly helped. But contributions from low down the order from the tail such as Zaheer’s batting and VRV Singh’s slog in the first innings were crucial factors too.
But more than the batting it is surely the bowling quality that has enabled this Indian cricket team to register it’s first test match win on South African soil. Zaheer was again impressive as he was in the one-day series. Sreesanth was exciting in every sense of the word. VRV could have gotten more wickets with more luck. Kumble was as usual incisive, cunning, deceiving and fast(the tail enders were quite bamboozled by his quick yorkers)! It is fantastic to see the Indian pacers dishing it out to the opposition as opposed to quite the opposite that this Indian team is used to. Makes me think that India’s poor showing overseas has mainly had to do with the quality of pace bowling than anything else.
But the series doesnt end here. The South Africans will realize their mistake in making a pitch that aided the Indian seamers and will more than make up for it in the next game. Having said that the next match is a good one week away. Ample time for the Indian batsmen to sort out any problems and come good next time round.
And I think its time for Jaffer to be done away with. He is looking more and more cueless and Gambhir deserves a look in. If Munaf is declared it is likely that VRV Singh will give way. The rest of the team seem okay. Wishing you the best TEAM INDIA for the next match.
All said and done the one-day series is still not out of my mind and I wonder whether India would have fared better had the test series been scheduled before the one-dayers as is the normal practice in the cricket world.