While praising his spin bowlers, India Test captain Virat Kohli also said the batting was not up to the mark.
R Ashwin ran through the South Africa lower order with ease as India take 2-0 winning lead in the series.
A record twenty wickets fall on Day Two on a near-unplayable VCA Stadium pitch; South Africa, all out for 79 in the first innings, are 32/2 in the second.
India need to have all the components of the game in working order including fast bowlers and five batsmen.
Two early South Africa wickets on a vicious sandpit put India on top despite a poor show by their batsmen.
In reply to India’s 215, South Africa were also in spot of bother, finishing Day 1 at 11/2 in Nagpur.
South Africa end Day 1 at 11/2 after bowling out India for 215 all in first innings of third Test in Nagpur on Wednesday.
South Africa bowled out India for 215 in the first innings but were themselves reeling at 11/2 at stumps on Day 1.
India’s win against a below-par South Africa has papered over a few cracks, including the fact that they don’t have a set, stable XI.
Will India prefer an inconsistent Umesh Yadav over Varun Aaron? For South Africa, it’s about getting their batting order right.
R Ashwin has already taken 12 wickets in the two Tests of this four-match series against South Africa.
India Test captain Virat Kohli reiterated that his team does not discuss the condition of pitches.
He (Gurkeerat) has earned his call-up. He certainly fits in scheme of things and don’t be surprised if you see him playing soon, said Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli believes that too much is being made about the pitch rather than the opposition and the context of the game.
India, ranked fifth, will have to win all the four Tests against South Africa to rise to the second spot.