This win will be remembered for a long time - Kohli

This win will be remembered for a long time - Kohli

India had arrived in South Africa on 124 points, with South Africa 13 points behind on 111 points.

The safety of the pitch in Johannesburg was called into question as play was halted shortly before the close of day three of the third and final Test between South Africa and India.

"You must try and get - whether it's one percent or five percent or ten percent - whatever you can you must try and get an advantage against opposition that's quality. This Test series we didn't get that, and I can't give you the reason for that".

"I wanted to put South Africa on the back foot because they were dominating with their bowling".

South African downfall began post tea as Faf du Plessis (2) was bowled in the fourth over after resumption of play.

Mohammed Shami picked his career-best haul to bowl India to a win even as all four full-time pacers shared 20 wickets in this Test. This one was greener and faster than most. So, it feels really really sweet to have made it 2-1."And the siege mentality didn't end there". When we came to play this game, we saw banners of whitewash, 3-0 and what not. If South Africa had completed a 3-0 series sweep they would have drawn level on points with Kohli's men.

The Proteas will resume after the lunch break with Amla on 27 off 61 balls and Elgar on 29 off 100‚ and the pair will be looking to improve their promising partnership of 64 runs from 156 deliveries. "I would hate to be a batsman on this pitch given what I am seeing happening out there at the moment on the third day of a Test match", Holding told PTI.

"Play was suspended 19 minutes before stumps on the third evening as the umpires were concerned about the players" safety. "Yes, we were disappointed things did not come together in the first two games but we are really proud of this effort".

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While Amla was dismissed after scoring a patient 52, Elgar was the top scorer for the hosts with an unbeaten 86 despite taking several nasty blows on his body throughout his innings.

It would only take another Dean Elgar incident for everything to probably be called-off.

Ajinkya Rahane, who did not play in the first two Tests, had a lengthy net at the weekend and could be recalled on the strength of a strong record in overseas Tests.

"Even in the Indian innings‚ there were a few guys who got hit on the fingers a few times and if you count the amount of times guys got hit in this game its unusual". That opened a door for India, and Shami, Sharma and Bumrah charged through it.

Jasprit Bumrah was equally impressive in his nine-over spell that followed up with wickets of AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock. Du Plessis must have thought of the mystery on how his side that lost only two wickets in the first two sessions surrendered seven in the last session to hand India a win. "They prepared this wicket so we want to play". In fact, the nagging feeling that India could've won the series if Kohli had got his selection right in the first two Tests refuses to go away.

"India were the better team. So given tough competition from the no.2 side in their own conditions, we showed character and am sure the public enjoyed watching this series as well", he said.

"It doesn't matter what people say about us", Kohli said. "If they can field five bowlers, then even we can field five bowlers", Shastri said. "There is no influence from the outside".