Date – 30 December 2021, Venue – Supersports Park
On the last day of the first Test, South Africa’s 10th wicket has fallen. After the Gabba this year, Centurion’s pride is now broken. Team India has hoisted the tricolor here for the first time. This victory is historic, but the Indian camp is completely cool. Perhaps Team India’s Soorma has now become accustomed to such victories in foreign countries.
Exhibits abroad in 2021
Test 6, Overs 224, Wicket 26, Best 5/64, Average 22.11
Test 5, Overs 166.4, Wicket 23, Best 5/44, Average 22.47
Test 7, overs 257.5, Wicket 25, Best 5/73, Average 33.16
Winning overseas is not a new thing anymore
Let us now take you to Jasprit Bumrah, one of the architects of this victory. Those who walk in the normal way on the field reach the captain Kohli, expressing happiness by patting his back. But Kohli steals the smile, which shows how hard and hard India has got this golden moment of bowling. It is not resentment, but a way to enjoy that moment after a lot of hard work.
You have the best bowling attack in the world
There was a time when India yearned for a single victory on foreign pitches. We had world class batting from the beginning, but experts would call the bowling unit weak. Especially the pace attack. Leave aside West Indies, Australia and England, we have never had a dangerous attack like Pakistan. But now times have changed
Your team also eats fear from this pace attack
The weakness of not getting the opposition team out in both the innings on their soil often came to the fore. Today the situation is that the legendary Sachin Tendulkar is praising these Indian bowlers for their ability to take 20 wickets anywhere in the world. According to Tendulkar, ‘Attack, who has the ability to take 20 wickets in a Test match anywhere in the world, bowled brilliantly.’
Why is this victory historic?
It is only for the third time in history since 1958 that South Africa has not been able to cross the 200-mark in both the innings of any of its home Test matches. This happened against Australia in Johannesburg in 2002, whereas before this Centurion Test, India had done this in Johannesburg in 2018.
Bowlers compete with each other
Centurion victory hero KL Rahul was asked about the team’s pace bowling trio (Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj) whether he is happy that these three get him to play in the nets and not in the match. The Indian opener’s reply was, ‘It is a matter of happiness, but it is more difficult to play them in the nets. We are not tempted to face them even in the nets. These people keep scaring us. While bowling, they do not even consider us as part of their team. He is always in a competitive mood. It can be understood from these things of Rahul that what is the secret of the success of this trio.
first time this has happened
This is the first time in Test cricket that a team’s fast and spin bowlers have taken more than a hundred wickets in a year and that too at an average of less than 30. This year India’s pace bowlers have earned more successes than spinners. In the Test matches played in the year 2021, Indian fast bowlers took 128 wickets at an average of 28.12 while the spinners took 121 wickets at an average of 20.19. It is worth noting that most of the successes on foreign soil came from pace bowlers.