Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel. Credits: Twitter

Former South Africa cricketer Morne Morkel said that the Virat Kohli-led Indian side is the best Test team in current times.

India registered a clinical victory by 113 runs on the final day of the first Test at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

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Indian Cricket Team celebrate victory at Centurion. (Photo: Twitter)

India beat South Africa to take 1-0 lead in the Test series

Despite South Africa skipper Dean Elgar’s stoic defence in the first session that gave the hosts a glimpse of hope that the game might turn in their favour. However, a buoyant Jasprit Bumrah got India the much-needed breakthrough as he trapped Elgar before the stumps for LBW.

Bumrah was supported by his long-time pace partner Mohammed Shami, who bagged the wickets of Wiaan Mulder and Marco Jansen to end with figures of 3/63.

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Indian Cricket Team celebrate victory at Centurion. (Photo: Twitter)

Quinton de Kock showed some great intent with the bat as he drove Bumrah for a couple of boundaries straight down the ground. De Kock was knocked off by Mohammed Siraj before lunch.

Temba Bavuma, who was involved in a 136-run stand with his captain Elgar in the morning, was running short of partners on another end as Ravichandran Ashwin picked the last two wickets to give India a 1-0 lead.

I think it’s a special feat to be a part of: Morne Morkel on India’s victory

Morkel said that India executed their game plan very well and they duly deserved the win.

“Well Done. They (Team India) are by far the best team in the world today. In a short time now, you deserve it, they’ve worked long and hard to support their team that can go an compete away from home,” Morkel said on Star Sports. 

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Mohammed Shami. Credits: Twitter

“The clear game plan that the bowlers can take 20 wickets; so enjoy this moment. I think it’s a special feat to be a part of. For me, India are definitely leading the way,” he added.

India will play against South Africa in the second Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, the match starts on January 3.

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