NEW DELHI — India have evolved into a "multidimensional" team capable of winning anywhere in the world and irrespective of the nature of pitches, captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri said after the side's 3-0 series sweep against South Africa on Tuesday.
Kohli and his men won the third test in Ranchi by an innings and 202 runs to complete a whitewash that also consolidated their lead in the World Test Championship race.
It was India's 11th consecutive victory in a home test series and Kohli was particularly pleased how his pace attack, despite missing Jasprit Bumrah, refused to let the spinners hog the limelight.
"To be the best side in the world you need to be multidimensional and all facets of your team have to fire and work properly," Kohli said at the presentation ceremony as he singled out the pacers for special praise.
"Spin was always a strength, batting was never a problem for us. Fast bowling was very good at certain times and then all these young bowlers came ..."
"Batsmen gave confidence to the bowlers, bowlers gave us amazing confidence that even with 300 on board, we're always in in every test match," he said.
Kohli, who led India to their first test series win in Australia earlier this year, said it was continuation of the same mindset.
"We certainly believe we can win anywhere in the world at the moment. You know, if we believe in ourselves, the way we are at the moment, we can win in England, Australia, South Africa, anywhere and that is the belief that we need to carry."
India have traditionally been formidable at home but struggled abroad, especially on lively surfaces which often defanged their spinners and exposed technical limitations of many of their batsmen.
Shastri said the team was determined to succeed regardless of the nature of the surface.
"Our motto was to take pitches out of the equation - to hell with pitches," the former test player told broadcaster Star Sports in Hindi.
"Whether it's Johannesburg or Melbourne or Mumbai, we want to take the pitch out of the equation.
"With the batting line-up we have, if they post big totals and then we have bowlers who can take 20 wickets - we can keep taking those World Championship points we are after."
Rohit Sharma was named man-of-the-series for topping the run-getters' list but Shastri was pleased that there were other heroes too.
"Normally in India, you have two players who hog the limelight. Here we've had six or seven payers," he said.
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Alison Williams)
RANCHI, India (AP) India took just nine minutes on day four to wrap up the third and final test against South Africa and complete a first-ever 3-0 series whitewash over the Proteas with an innings and 202-run victory on Tuesday.
Resuming at 132-8 in its second innings, South Africa added one run off 10 balls before debutant Shahbaz Nadeem took the final two wickets off consecutive deliveries to give India a record victory over South Africa.© APWF Indian players celebrate the dismissal of South Africa's Theunis de Bruyn, right, during the fourth day of third and last cricket test match between India and South Africa in Ranchi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
In the second over of the day, Nadeem (2-18) had concussion substitute batsman Theunis de Bruyn (30) caught behind. Next ball, he caught Lungi Ngidi in a bizarre fashion as the ball ricocheted off the non-striker Anrich Nortje.© APWF India's Sahbaz Nadeem celebrates the dismissal of South Africa's Lungi Ngidi during the fourth day of third and last cricket test match between India and South Africa in Ranchi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Umesh Yadav finished with 3-40, while Mohammed Shami (2-22) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-19) picked up a brace each.
''The whole team had (an) amazing mind set throughout,'' said Indian skipper Virat Kohli. ''It has been a brilliant series for us. To be the best side in the world, you need to be multi-dimensional. ''
''Spin was always an asset for us and batting was never a problem. Fast bowling was very good and we held our catches well. It's great to operate in such a manner.''
India scored 497-9d in their first innings, on the back of Rohit Sharma's 212, his maiden test double hundred, and Ajinkya Rahane's century as part of a record 267-run fourth-wicket partnership.© APWF India's captain Virat Kohli flashes victory sign during presentation ceremony after their win on the fourth day of third and last cricket test match between India and South Africa in Ranchi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Indian won the series 3-0. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Sharma finished with 529 runs in the series, with three hundreds. It was the highest aggregate for an Indian batsman against South Africa in a test series.
''I would like to thank the team management for the opportunity (to open),'' said Sharma, who was named man of the match and series. ''You need discipline to face the new ball. It is a threat anywhere in the world.
''Once I was in, I could play my game and that's what I have done. Getting the big scores will give me confidence moving forward.''© APWF India's Sahbaz Nadeem poses with the winners trophy after their win on the fourth day of third and last cricket test match between India and South Africa in Ranchi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Indian won the series 3-0. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
South Africa was then bowled out for 162 runs with India, for the second consecutive test, enforcing the follow-on.
The tourists slim hopes of salvaging anything from this series were effectively dashed as India's seamers again dismantled its batting order to have the Proteas at 132-8 when bad light stopped play Monday.
It was South Africa's joint third-biggest innings' defeat in test cricket, and second consecutive loss by more than an innings. The last time South Africa lost two consecutive tests by an innings margin was against Australia in 1935-36.© APWF Members of Indian team pose with the winners trophy after their win on the fourth day of third and last cricket test match between India and South Africa in Ranchi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Indian won the series 3-0. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
''Be it in batting, bowling or even fielding, we were dominated across the series,'' said Proteas' skipper Faf du Plessis. ''The mindset was to be prepared for the spin attack. But the pitches were fantastic and India's seamers were outstanding throughout the series.''© APWF South Africa's Anrich Nortje evades a rising delivery from India's Mohammed Shami during the fourth day of third and last cricket test match between India and South Africa in Ranchi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
India won the first test in Visakhapatnam by 203 runs, before victory by an innings and 167 runs in the second test in Pune gave it an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the series.
India continued their dominant run as the world's number one test side and has now picked up full points from each of their five matches in the world test championship. They are top of the table with 240 points.© APWF From left, India's Rishabh Pant, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha pose with the winners trophy after their win on the fourth day of third and last cricket test match between India and South Africa in Ranchi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Indian won the series 3-0. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Crisis-hit South African power company Eskom was handed an additional 59 billion rand ($4 billion) lifeline by parliament on Tuesday, prompting criticism from opposition parties who described it as a “blank cheque”.
FILE PHOTO: South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni gestures as he delivers his budget speech at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 20, 2019. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham/File Photo
The special bill passed by parliament to grant the funding was first proposed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in July as Eskom struggled to service its ballooning 450 billion rand debt pile and keep the lights on throughout 2019 as its creaking fleet of coal-fired plants buckled.
Eskom unleashed another bout of nationwide blackouts last week following repeated power cuts in February and March, which dragged the economy into contraction.
Mboweni said in July that the bailout Eskom should adhere to strict conditions to receive the bailout, including assurance that it would be used only to service debt and not for operational costs.
The multi-party Standing Committee on Appropriation, responsible for oversight of the bill, failed to agree on the conditions and early in October opted leave the Finance Minister’s draft bill unchanged.
“The bill as it stands is a blank cheque that will blow up the deficit,” the main opposition Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday, echoing objections of other parties.
Speaking at the parliamentary debate on Tuesday Mboweni did not directly address the matter of conditions but hinted that Eskom’s management would come under closer scrutiny.
“One of the key issue we need to solve is to appoint the right people to run Eskom. Appoint the right board of directors and a competent management team,” he said.
“Then we must be in a position to hold that board of directors and management team accountable. The problem at Eskom is not just financial.”
Eskom has been without a permanent chief executive since Phakamani Hadebe resigned in May, citing unbearable pressure.
Hadebe was the 10th CEO in a decade to quit the state company in what has proved something of a revolving door of top executives and board members as treasury and presidential inquiries into graft and mismanagement deepened.
The special appropriation bill will go to parliament’s second house for approval before being sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa for his signature and enactment.
Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana and Wendell Roelf; Editing by David Goodman