IN PICTURES | 'Men in Blue' register historic ODI series win in South Africa

Published: 14th February 2018 11:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2018 01:23 PM  

Indian team led by an inspirational Virat Kohli today scripted history by winning its first ever series across formats on the South African soil as they crushed South Africa by 73 runs thereby taking an unassailable 4-1 lead in the six-match ODI series. (Photo: AP)
No Indian men's side since its first tour in South Africa back in 1992, has ever won a series across any format. They did win a one-off T20 match in 2006 -- their first ever shortest format but it was a single match event. IN PIC: South Africa's Aiden Markram, left, and India's Virat Kohli pose for a photograph at the toss prior to the start of the fourth ODI cricket match between South Africa and India in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo: AP)
The team under Kohli achieved which neither among Mohammed Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid or Mahendra Singh Dhioni could ever accomplish -- win a full-fledged series in the Rainbow Nation. IN PIC: Men in blue gather in a circle before the start of their fielding round. (Photo: AP)
After a series of low scores, Rohit Sharma came good when it ultimately mattered as he scored 115 in India's respectable total of 274 for 7 on a sluggish St Georege's Park wicket. IN PIC: Rohit Sharma holds his trophy after being named Man Of The Match. (Photo: AP)
For Kohli, this is a significant milestone in his three and half years at the helm as this is also his first series win against a top nation on their soil. IN PIC: Indian cricketers celebrate winning the match. (Photo: AP)
Yuzvendra Chahal clutches his injured hand, hurt while trying to field a ball, during the match. (Photo: AP)
2 overs One can't ignore Hardik Pandya's contribution as his all-ropund skill sets came into good effect getting 2 for 30 with seamers and then a run-out with a direct throw off in-form Hashim Amla (71) , which decisively swung the match in India's favour. IN PIC: Bhuvneshwar Kumar makes a catch during the fourth ODI cricket match. (Photo: AP)
After being criticised for his poor show in the series till date and a pitiable average of 11.45 in 12 ODIs (in SA) with a highest score of only 23, Rohit finally played an innings of substance that had 11 boundaries and four sixes. IN PIC: Rohit Sharma playing a shot in the match. (Photo: AP)
In-form Shikhar Dhawan however stroked his way to 34 off 23 balls, with eight boundaries. India raced off the blocks as the opening duo put on 48 in just 7.2 overs. IN PIC: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharmah exchange words on the pitch during match. (Photo: AP)
IN PIC: South Africa celebrates taking the wicket of India's Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo: AP)
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