Winners and Losers from the Second Test Between South Africa and India

Antoinette Muller@mspr1ntFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2013

Winners and Losers from the Second Test Between South Africa and India

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    South Africa ended 2013 with a Test and series win over India. It means they end the year on top of the Test rankings and with just one loss.

    The Boxing Day Test in Durban had plenty of talking points and a few winners and losers and we have picked out some of the main ones. Add your thoughts in the comments.

Winner: Jacques Kallis

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    Jacques Kallis bowed out of cricket with a hundred in his final Test and a win to boot. As far as fairytales go, it was ideal.

    His steady 115 in the first innings was the glue that kept the Proteas' innings together and he was fittingly lifted on the shoulders of his teammates right after he downed a can of beer.

    Kallis will be remembered for his all-round contribution for some years to come and it's unlikely that there will be another cricketer like him any time soon.

Winner: Ajinkya Rahane

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    An unbeaten 51 in the first innings and 96 in the second innings meant that Ajinkya Rahane had a good tour in tough conditions.

    He averaged 69.66 and if there was any doubt that he is as capable performing away from home as he is in Indian conditions, Rahane showed that he has got the mettle.

Loser: JP Duminy

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    JP Duminy has hit a dip in form.

    He had just one chance to bat in the second Test and scored only 28. Although he did pick up a wicket too, Duminy is looking a bit out of sorts at the moment and hasn't scored a fifty in six innings.

    South Africa are unlikely to just give him the chop, but Duminy needs to sort out his troubles before Australia tour the country in February.

Losers: Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan

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    After looking like they have got what it takes to bowl long spells and take wickets on flat decks in the first Test, India's pace duo of Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma struggled in the second Test.

    Khan managed two wickets in the first innings while Sharma went wicketless and the pair had a tough time keeping a lid on South Africa's scoring at one stage. 

Winner: Ravindra Jadeja

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    Pictured above in happier times of winning, Ravi Jadeja might not have tasted a Test victory, but he has shown that he is worthy of his cult status.

    He picked up six wickets and although he wasn't exactly unplayable, he is fast becoming a reliable and crucial cog in India's team wheel. Despite not being a massive turner of the ball, Jadeja knows how to keep things tight and tidy and pick up wickets to boot.

Winner: Dale Steyn

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    Dale Steyn bagged his 350th Test scalp in the second Test, making him the joint-second fastest to the feat in Test cricket.

    He ends the year with 51 wickets, the third most out of all players. Topping the list is Stuart Broad with 62 and James Anderson is second with 52. Both players have played five more Tests than Steyn.

    The bowler also scored a very handy 44 in South Africa's first innings and although he is by no means an all-rounder, he certainly is an all-time great and a player South Africa treasures.