Dale, Morne (Morkel), Vernon (Philander) and KG (Kagiso Rabada) are a step above in that regard.
Ashwin's three wickets dragged India back into the match.
The opener Aiden Markram was a thorn in their side from the time South Africa opted to bat, as he and Dean Elgar played out the first hour and then cashed in on a period of wayward bowling to take the score to 78/1 at lunch.
South Africa have won the toss and they have chose to bat first once again. Irrespective of the final outcome, the series will be remembered for the controversial selection calls and, in particular, for the continued absence of Ajinkya Rahane, whom Kohli rated as the best Indian batsman outside the subcontinent. The second new ball was due but Indian captain Virat Kohli persisted with Ashwin and was rewarded when De Kock edged Ashwin to Kohli at slip to be out first ball. "The conditions won't change for us, we have to change according to the conditions there", he said.
The special fielding and the panic in South Africa's batting has given India a great chance in this Test, but this was a lifeline.
The late drama, though, and South Africa's careless end to the day gave India a way back into the test and possibly the three-match series after going 1-0 down in Cape Town and starting the game in Centurion on the back foot.
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He would have wanted to kick himself, though, having cut well against Ashwin all day before getting one wrong. He bowled 31 overs. But he waited patiently, worked on different angles, switched sides, and kept batsmen guessing with "very little pockets to try". M Vijay misjudged a catch at fine leg, Parthiv Patel dropped Amla, and there was more than the odd occasion of infielders putting in hopeless dives to avoid long chases.
"It was a reality check in terms of not being able to win a Test match for the country on day five when all things were set up for a spinner", said Ashwin, who went wicketless in 36 overs that day. "It was a nothing shot and I've still not got over it just yet".
In the 24th over, Elgar survived a review from India for a caught behind as the bat had hit the pad but Markram looked extremely confident as he reached his second half-century with two more fours.
Following Markram's wicket, A.B.de Villiers (20) chipped in and along with Amla took the team to 199 until the swashbuckling batsman was clean bowled by Ishant Sharma.
Further, crediting the county stint with Worcestershire for aiding him in this process, Ashwin said that he has forgotten the history of South Africa and all he wants to do is to stride forward. Du Plessis, though, set off for the quick single.