Team India are currently on a different high at the moment after winning the 3rd ODI in Cape Town as the Men in Blue set their eyes on finishing the job with a win at Johannesburg to clinch the six-match ODI series.
After the Test series debacle, the Virat Kohli led Team India have been rampant in the limited overs format series as they routed the Proteas in their backyard, breaking their 17 match unbeaten streak. India have been dominant and consistent so far and it does not stop there.
Team India are off to Johannesburg where they won the third and final Test match to avoid a whitewash of the series. All-rounder Hardik Pandya took to social media to upload a picture along with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel and MS Dhoni.
Cape Town done 👌— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) February 8, 2018
Back to Joburg 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/LFf4Twb0xC
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been authoritative, dynamic and compelling as his batting performances have dictated terms in South Africa. The skipper reaffirmed his status as an ODI great with an unbeaten 160 off 159 balls on a challenging surface in Cape Town. The highest by an Indian captain where it was Sourav Ganguly who held the record back in 2001.
The leader of the Indian pack has been aggressive with his batting performances by smashing two tons in the three One Day Internationals he has played against South Africa in the ongoing series and it looks like the skipper isn't finished yet.
However, it wasn't only Kohli who has been hogging all the limelight, but it was wrist spin duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal who have destroyed the South Africa batsmen with their spells.
In the three ODIs played so far, the duo have collected 21 wickets. The Proteas batsmen have still not yet found a way to counter spin on flat tracks and the spinners have had a gala time dismissing the batsmen with ease. Chahal recently took his first five-wicket hall in ODIs. The duo took eight wickets, four each in the third ODI as they continue to have fun with the South African batsmen.
Opener Rohit Sharma's performances in the Test series and the ODIs have raised a few questions regarding his starting in the playing XI as his contribution so far hasn't been helpful for the Indian team. Shikhar Dhawan failed to impress with the bat in the Test series but seems to have found his bearings in the ODIs with two half-centuries in the three matches he has played so far.
Former skipper MS Dhoni created history once again as he became the first Indian wicket-keeper to claim 400 One Day International dismissals as the man behind the stumps has always been reliable with his gloves on.
The Proteas have a major boost with swashbuckler AB de Villiers making his way back into the squad after injuring his finger during the third Test at Wanderers. Without skipper Faf du Plessis and wicket-keeper Quintin de Kock, the Proteas batsmen need to pull up their socks if they are to consolidate a chance of drawing the series.
Team India will play the penultimate 4th ODI against South Africa on February 10 in New Wanderers, Johannesburg.