He ended the series with a total of 12 wickets with a best figures of 5/42 which he received appreciation for. His huge sixes off Rabada in the second Test will surely be the highlight of the 44 runs he scored in three matches. A leader of the Indian pace attack, it’s difficult for Bumrah to not be a part of the best XI.
The South African bowlers dominated the wicket-taking stats as Ngidi stood third with 15 against his name at an average as low as 15.00. Being the only Proteas bowler with a five-wicket haul in the series, the list will be incomplete without the services of Ngidi in the XI.
The left-hander fell just a wicket short to end as the second-highest wicket-taker (19) of the series behind his countryman Rabada. With 29 maidens, the most in the series, Jansen gained an upper hand against the Indian lineup as he claimed a place in the best-combined XI of the series.
A wicket-taker in all the innings, Rabada didn’t let India score, which ultimately built pressure upon them. Scalping 20 with the best figures of 4/42 at an average of 19.05, he was South Africa’s star performer in the three matches, helping him find a place in the combined XI.
He ended the series as India’s second-highest wicket-taker with 12 scalps while also scoring 59 runs. An all-rounder like him can help any team during different situations like he occasionally did during the season. Shardul Thakur is now the fourth Indian to feature in this list of the combined best XI of the series.
His free-flowing innings in the 3 matches accounted for 186 runs averaging 37.20. While the majority of the Indian batters failed to reach the double-figure mark in the second innings of the decider Test, Pant’s control and clarity showed that he is still amongst the match winners and gets a place in the combined XI squad in the role of a wicket-keeper.
Temba Bavuma was a silent assassin in the Proteas victory against India. The top-order batter was a tough cookie to crack for the Indian bowlers, being amongst the runs in each of the six innings he played this series. His solid defensive strokes and the ability to change gears played an instrumental role in South Africa’s fightback after being one down in the series.
In his 4 innings, Captain Kohli scored a total of 161 runs at an average of 40.25. While the last Test was a subject of controversy, he would have surely wanted to clinch the series conquering all the overseas conditions. For his courageous and determined innings with the bat and leading the Indian team to a historic win at Centurion, Virat Kohli is the fourth player in the combined XI.
Petersen was not only adjudged the player of the Test match at Newlands but also the player of the series for his 276 runs in the three Test match. A hero of the Proteas victory, the 28-year-old is going to be the batter to look out for in the near future.
Ending the series as India’s highest scorer in the series, Rahul continued to prove his worth as the team’s first-choice opener. Scoring 226 in the six innings and facing the second-highest number of balls this series (545), his judgement outside the off stump left the Proteas bowlers with a lot of work to do.
Leading the Proteas into a much-awaited Test clash against the World Test No.1 Team, the South African captain Dean Elgar did little wrong in this series. With sheer intent and resilience, the captain deserves a lot of credit for the team’s comeback.