The two-match Test series between South Africa and India is done and dusted and the outcome is 1-1. After losing the opening game in Centurion, India bounced back to claim a famous victory in Cape Town to level the series. Seam bowlers from either side were the destroyers as the pitch offered a lot of assistance to them. A few top-quality players from both teams performed in both matches and they appear in this article.
Let’s take a look at the top performers from the Test series between South Africa and India:
1) Dean Elgar
Test skipper Dean Elgar bid adieu to international cricket with the conclusion of the series. The left-handed opening batter ended the series as the highest run-getter, amassing 201 runs in three innings at an average of 67 with one big hundred to his name. Proteas captain won the Player of the Match award in the Centurion game for his brilliant 185-run knock in the first innings that led the foundation of his team’s victory.
2) Virat Kohli
Star batter Virat Kohli finished the series as the second-highest run-scorer. The right-handed player struck 172 runs in four innings at an average of 43 with one half-century under his belt. The 35-year-old got starts in almost every innings with scores of 38, 76, 46, and 12. Kohli was some runs ahead with India’s second-highest run-getter being KL Rahul with 113 runs in three innings.
3) Jasprit Bumrah
India speedster Jasprit Bumrah took the most wickets from either side in these two games. The right-armer picked up 12 wickets in three innings at an average of 12.91 and a strike-rate of 24.25. The 30-year-old pace bowler delivered a solid spell of 6/61 in 13.5 overs in the second innings of the Cape Town. Notably, Bumrah also won the Player of the Series award for his 12 wickets.
4) Mohammed Siraj
Pacer Mohammed Siraj wreaked havoc with his magical and breathtaking spell of 6/15 in nine overs in the first innings of the Cape Town Test. Siraj single-handedly dismantled South Africa’s batting line-up as they got bundled out for a mere 55. The 29-year-old fast bowler took nine wickets in three innings in the series. Notably, Siraj won the Player of the Match award for his devastating spell of 6/15.
5) Aiden Markram
T20 skipper Aiden Markram hit the second-most runs for South Africa in the series. The right-handed opening player amassed 113 runs in three innings at an average of 37.66 which included one special hundred. The 29-year-old opener smashed one of the most memorable and outstanding centuries in Test cricket in the Cape Town game. Markram hit 106 off just 113 with 17 fours and two sixes in the second innings on a difficult pitch where every player struggled to get going.