What an animated series win for the Proteas in their backyard against one of the best teams in the world! South Africa completed a whitewash after winning a thriller at Cape Town. India was cruising, thanks to a brilliant knock by Deepak Chahar. However, the spirited South Africans won it at the end by knocking down the Indian batting line-up.

Both the teams had opposite takeaways after the end of this ODI series. Having swept aside the mighty Indian team, South Africa will feel a sense of confidence. Their journey to the World Cup 2023 has begun in the most promising way.

On the other hand, India tried a few options with the playing XI in the absence of their top players like Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. Nothing went India’s way, as the team looked like a rookie in front of the South Africans in all three departments of the game. Let’s look at some of the key takeaways from the series.

Comparison between bowling attacks

South Africa vs India ODI series South Africa whitewash a rusty Indian team Analysis

The Indian team’s inability to find a wicket-taking bowler has been a long-standing problem, which was exacerbated in this series. India wasn’t able to pick wickets at regular intervals. Indian bowlers managed to pick only 14 wickets, compared to 24 by their South African counterparts.

In contrast to the South African bowling attack, Indian pacers and spinners looked pale in all three matches. Indian pace attack, which included the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, wasn’t able to break through, with the latter going wicketless in the two matches he played. Bumrah, also, wasn’t able to make much impact as the batters negotiated him well.

South Africa’s spinners outperformed the Indian spin attack with six more wickets and a better economy rate than their competitors. The spin duo of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi played better cricket, alongside Aiden Markram as part-time spinner against India’s experienced duo in Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Comparison between batting units

South Africa vs India ODI series South Africa whitewash a rusty Indian team Analysis

No Indian batter could score a century in the ODI series, and that’s the biggest drawback and one of the main reasons for India’s loss in the series. South Africa, on the other hand, scored three centuries, which came from Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma in the first ODI and Quinton de Kock in the third.

The highest run-scorer for India, Dhawan, scored almost equal to the third-highest run-scorer for South Africa (Dhawan – 169 runs; Bavuma – 153 runs). Despite being widely known as one of the mightiest batting lineups, the Indian batting unit failed to step up during the entire ODI tour.

The top three run-scorers for India were Dhawan, Kohli, and Pant, who managed to score 169, 116, and 101 runs at an average of 56.33, 38.67, and 33.67, respectively. Dhawan and Kohli played crucial knocks in two-run chases, but they couldn’t convert it into a big inning, whereas Pant scored 85 in the second ODI but was not able to threaten the opposition.

The South African batters were up to the mark with the top order firing, and it was a collective team effort by the batting unit, with De Kock managing to score the highest runs for his team – 229 runs at an amazing average of 76.33. Other batters also supported him well, with van der Dussen and Bavuma scoring tons and Malan scoring a crucial 91 in the second ODI.

India’s worries going forward

South Africa vs India ODI series South Africa whitewash a rusty Indian team Analysis

With Sharma not available, KL Rahul opened the innings for India, despite the incredible success he achieved at the number five spot. It opened the doors for another batter, and Iyer was handed the baton to play at number five.

Unfortunately, the trick didn’t work for the team as both the batters didn’t manage to make an impact in the series. Iyer made 17, 11, and 26. Iyer failed miserably to showcase his talent even though he was given a massive opportunity and played in all three matches. Rahul also had a hard time with the bat and scored just 76 runs at a strike rate of 71.69.

The bowling all-rounders, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar managed to score more runs than these two batters, with 144 runs among them. To add to this, both of them managed to strike the ball at a strike rate of above 100, and this sums up the batting woes for India, which is a big concern for them moving forward.