New-ball bowlers helped India deliver knockout punch: Sunil Gavaskar


Virat Kohli is clearly born to live up to his name. Not only is he creating records with the bat virtually every day, but also leading the Indian team to newer heights.
The thumping win in the one-day series over South Africa in South Africa has never been achieved before by previous Indian teams with far more illustrious names than in this team. Not that those teams did not have self-belief and confidence, for they held their own, but were simply not able to deliver the knockout punch. For Kohli that knockout punch has come from his bowlers, who have bowled superbly throughout this tour and destroyed the South African batting.
Even in the Test matches it was the first time that the Indian bowlers took all 60 wickets to fall. It was just the batting in the fourth innings of the first two Tests that was unable to measure up to the South African attack, that too mainly because the skipper for a change got out early.
The new-ball bowlers have been superb and the spinners were such a joy to watch. To see the South African batsmen ducking under snorters from [Japsrit] Bumrah, [Mohammed] Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has made all the years of doing the same and watching other Indian batsmen doing the same melt away. Now the ultra-short format is upon us. South Africa have a new skipper in JP Duminy, who is an experienced hand in this version of the game.
One praiseworthy thing about Virat is he is very serious about the game and performance.