Pandya appeared in a great shape in Cape Town as he scored a notable 93-run knock in India's first innings and claimed three wickets in successive innings.
The Cape Town Test got completed within four days, including a day that was entirely washed out.
In a time when India's batting order appeared collapsing like dominoes, Pandya (93) played responsible cricket and established a 99-run partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25) to stabilise the visitors in the first innings.
Chasing a small target of 208 runs, India were bundled out for 135 with Vernon Philander (6/42) bowling the hosts to a 1-0 series lead.
Despite missing the rest of the action on Day 2, Steyn can return to bat on subsequent days.
Umesh missed out in the first Test against South Africa as captain Virat Kohli decided to play three fast bowlers in Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and debutant Jasprit Bumrah.
Bumrah has been brilliant with the ball in limited overs format, which made him earn his Test cap from skipper Kohli in Cape Town.
Virat Kohli and his team of champions are yet to be challenged in their journey so far and the tour of South Africa presents them with a perfect opportunity to stamp their authority over world cricket.
The Test series is special for Proteas as India last toured South Africa in 2013, losing 1-0 in a two-match Test series.
The 29-year-old Rajkot batsman is currently preparing for the three-match Test series against South Africa, starting on January 5 in Cape Town.
The newly-wed couple is currently spending some time together in South Africa, where the Indian skipper is scheduled to lead the side for upcoming series.
"Happy New Year all. Have a kick-ass year. God Bless," Shastri wrote on Twitter, along with a picture of himself in control of a DJ console.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, who got married last month, went on a shopping date in Cape Town ahead of India's first Test against South Africa.
Indian Cricket Team shared some of the pictures from the practice session ahead of the first Test, be held in Cape Town from January 5 to 9.
In the party, Yuvraj was seen dressed up in a black jacket and a red hat that matched with Agarkar's.
The airline left Pietersen's bags in Dubai when the cricketer boarded a flight to Melbourne, Australia, for the coverage of ongoing Big Bash League.
Among all the celebrations, most enjoyable was vibrant wedding ceremonies of some of our favourite Indian cricketers.
Son of an auto rickshaw driver, Pranav was offered a scholarship of Rs.10,000 per month by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA).
Virender Sehwag said it is important for the Indian batsmen to match South Africa's first innings total in all the Tests to put the hosts under pressure.
As Kohli is set to enter the new year, carrying his fans’ expectations forward, let’s recall some of his best innings of 2017.
National chief selector MSK Prasad had justified Pandya's call-up claiming India A coach Rahul Dravid had shown his confidence in the all-round prodigy.
The Indians proved their mettle in international competitions, putting up confident and tough fights while facing the best of world.
On December 21, Sachin was forced to leave the Rajya Sabha without delivering his speech.
Krunal’s occasion coincided with the second reception of India skipper Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.
India have never won a Test series in South Africa. A 1-1 draw in 2011 was their best result in those challenging conditions.
Gautam Gambhir, who is currently eyeing a Ranji Trophy title for his home team Delhi, spoke about the importance of having a winning mindset ahead of tough challenges.
In their journey to the top, India wrecked havoc on world's prominent teams such as West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. Incidentally, Sri Lanka got a taste of defeat twice in the concluding year.
Representing the Red team, Shoaib Malik, 35, struck six consecutive sixes in the seventh over by Babar Azam.
India beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the third and final T20I in Mumbai on Sunday to seal a 3-0 win in the series. It was India's first clean-sweep in a bilateral T20 series against Sri Lanka.
Under the captaincy of Gambhir, KKR have reached the playoffs on three occasions besides winning two seasons of the IPL.