The team, led by Cheteshwar Pujara, won the triangular one-day series featuring the A teams of India, Australia and South Africa and then drew the two-match 'Test' series against the hosts before returning home. (Agencies)
Pandey took seven wickets in the first Test and four in the second Test. In the preceding tri-series, he took five wickets in two matches.
"South Africa is always a difficult tour. It is challenging for the players and the support staff. It is very heartening that we did so well, because people never thought we would do so well in South Africa. The players responded very well and, overall, it was an excellent tour for us," Rajput said.
"In bowling department, the find was Ishwar Pandey, who did well in one-dayers and 'Tests'. Jaydev Unadkat and Mohamad Shami also bowled well," he said.
"Most of the players have been impressive like Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, and as a wicketkeeper, definitely Wriddhiman Saha,” the coach added.
Rajput, who was also coach of the 2007 T20 World Cup winning Indian team, said since the senior side is scheduled to tour South Africa, people had a lot of interest in this series.
"It was a tour where people had set their eyes on, since we are going there in November-December. Even selectors were having a keen look. One selector (Viram Rathore) was also there. So the players who have done well, definitely they (selectors) will start ringing (the players) for the Test and ODI series," the former India opener said.
Rajput, however, conceded the wickets that the team encountered were not as quick as they are expected to be.
"They were not as quick as we expect them to be in November-December (during the Team India's tour), but it was a fairly good environment to get used to," he said.
The team, led by Cheteshwar Pujara, won the triangular one-day series featuring the A teams of India, Australia and South Africa and then drew the two-match 'Test' series against the hosts before returning home.