Former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar says the culture of gaining first innings lead in domestic cricket does not encourage Indian sides to go for outright wins after batting well in the first innings.
Criticising the pitch curators for the Tests, former England Test player Geoffrey Boycott is surprised that hosts South Africa failed to whitewash India in the recently concluded two-match series.
India's inexperienced top order proved competitive under a barrage of hostile bowling on green-top wickets alien to condition in India, providing much more resistance than pre-tour predictions had forecast.
Jacques Kallis became the 31st batsman and fourth from South Africa to score a century in his final Test match.
Both Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin were placed in seventh position in the ICC Test batsmen and bowlers rankings respectively. Jacques Kallis ended his career at 12th spot in the batting rankings.
Jacques Kallis retired from Test cricket at the end of the Durban Test on Monday. Kallis signed off with his 45th Test century as South Africa beat India 1-0 in the two-match series. Sachin Tendulkar had retired on November 16.
The 10-wicket win at Kingsmead, in Jacques Kallis' final Test match, clinched the two-match series for South Africa after the first Test in Johannesburg was drawn. It also confirmed South Africa's ranking as the world's number one Test team and increased their gap over second-ranked India.
Jacques Kallis said the decision to quit from Test cricket was his own though he consulted his team-mates.
Jacques Kallis got the perfect farewell as South Africa threshed India by 10 wickets in Durban to win the two-test series 1-0.
South Africa chased down a small target of 58 without losing a wicket after India were all out for 223 in their second innings in the post-lunch session.
The opening session was indeed vital and India got off to the worst start possible when Dale Steyn got key batsman Virat Kohli in the very first ball of the day. But the delivery had come off his shoulders and he was given out wrongly, bringing the question of DRS back into focus.
India lost the final Test and the series vs South Africa but MS Dhoni's side has had a good run of form overall this year, ending with six wins, one draw and one loss in the eight matches they have played.
Jacques Kallis was as modest on his final day as a Test cricketer as he has always been - through centuries, wickets, records and praises.
Ajinkya Rahane (51 not out & 96) became the first Indian player to record a fifty in each innings of a Test match at Kingsmead, Durban.
Dale Steyn has captured 50 wickets or more in a calendar year three times in Tests - the first two instances being 74 (ave.20.01) in 13 Tests in 2008 and 60 (ave.21.41) in 11 Tests in 2010.
The 1-0 series win has helped South Africa gain two ratings points to finish on 133, while India have conceded two ratings points to end at 117.
Ajinkya Rahane narrowly missed his maiden Test century against South Africa at Durban. The right-hander carried forward his form from the first innings where he was not out on 51.
South Africa beat India by 10 wickets at Kingsmead, Durban to win the two-match Test series 1-0. Ajinkya Rahane missed his maiden Test hundred by 4 runs while Dale Steyn bagged his 350th Test wicket. The match also saw Jacques Kallis retiring from Test cricket.