The first Test between India and South Africa was the perfect advertisement for the longest format of the game, said former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar. Five days of enthralling action at the Wanderers that went down to the wire. So much so that there were many special moments. NDTV picks out the top-5 moments of the Johannesburg Test.
No.5: When Jacques Kallis got a wrong decision
South Africa's second wall, Jacques Kallis, who has been out of form recently and the umpire did him no favour when he adjudged him LBW on 34 in the second innings. Replays showed Kallis was not out and it gave India a chance to fight for a win on the final day.
No.4: When Virat Kohli fell for 96
Virat Kohli was four runs away from becoming the first cricketer to score a century in both innings of a Test at the Wanderers. But he missed that record when he fell to JP Duminy in India's second innings. Later Kohli said that he could have fallen for 0 to Dale Steyn so he's happy to take the 96 that he got.
No. 3: Morne Morkel's ankle injury
On the third day of the Test, South Africa suffered a big blow when one of their main strike bowlers Morne Morkel hurt his ankle and was ruled out for the rest of the match. It was advantage India with the Proteas one bowler short.
No. 2: When Ajinkya Rahane ran out Faf du Plessis
Sixteen needed to win off 20 balls with 4 wickets in hand and Faf du Plessis was run out by Ajinkya Rahane. The man who brought them so close to the finish line fell for 134 and with that South Africa's hopes of a win diminished.
No. 1: Proteas choose to settle for a draw
South Africa were the favorites to win needing 19 off 16 with three wickets in hand but Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn took the call to drop anchor and settle for a draw. Eventually they fell 8 runs short of a world0record chase leaving many asking the question why the chokers didn't go for a win. NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar said he was 'baffled' by their decision while Virat Kohli said the Indian team was 'shocked' South Africa didn't go for the chase. What was evident was that both sides didn't celebrate the draw indicating how both knew they had come so close to victory.