India's run of consecutive Test series wins at home began with victory over Australia in February 2013.
Scoreboard at lunch on the third day of the second Test between India and South Africa, here on Saturday.
South Africa put up some resistance in their first innings with Maharaj, who made 72, and Philander with 44 not out putting on 109 runs for the ninth wicket to frustrate the Indian bowlers.
Elgar and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis, who made five, combined to hold off India's march with a 49-run stand for the third wicket before the latter was out to Ravichandran Ashwin with Saha juggling the ball before completing the catch.
The two teams now head to Ranchi for the final match starting October 19.
The 37-year-old Gambhir feels the earlier India skippers including Ganguly and Dhoni had "defensive approach to draw Test matches".
Du Plessis pointed fingers at the gulf between the two sides with respect to consistency and experience.
However, Philander and Maharaj had other ideas with a disciplined, dogged partnership amid hot and humid conditions.
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"For us, it is important as a senior player group to make sure that we put in performances ourselves". They once again capitulated against spin conceding the series with one more game still to go.
Hitting the straps right before the series was timing at its best as far as South Africa could imagine, as they needed a top-order batsman to carry the weight of run-making in the absence of Hashim Amla.
"The way India batted, especially Virat with 250, it takes a lot of mental toughness". From then it's playing catch-up.
He said Kohli was too good and his hunger for runs stood out.
Du Plessis said Kohli's innings was a lesson for any batsman.
The Proteas were dismissed for 275 at the end of day three in response to India's 601-5 declared, 127 short of the follow-on. South Africa were struggling from the start and never got a happy moment throughout the match. With the win, India also sealed the three-match series with a match remaining.
Ishant Sharma gave India the ideal start by dismissing Aiden Markram on just the second ball of the day.
MATCH REFEREE: R.B. Richardson (West Indies).