South Africa’s head coach Mark Boucher has believed that the team played the pressured moments really well after winning test series in three matches against India with 2-1. He also added that many people had written them off after the first day of the test series, but they returned to win the series.
South Africa won the third Test of the three matches against India by seven wickets and won the series 2-1. The hosts lost the initial test and it looked like the team was fighting for form after the series opener. But they returned to win the remaining two matches, shattering the visitors’ dream of winning a mid-series victory.
Tempo duo Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen bowled excellently throughout the series. In batting, Keegan Petersen can be the new find for the team with his solid technique. Also Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma showed resistance with the bat. South Africa’s head coach Mark Boucher that the team played press moments quite well, which was crucial for the league victory.
“If you have fighters as leaders and they are ready to show it with bat or ball, it will be the character of the team. It was not ideal to lose the first match. We were a bit undercooked and it is without any of For the sake of the players [who had a practice match cancelled due to pandemic reasons]said Boucher at a virtual press conference.
“We knew we would get better as the series came together. It’s never nice to play from behind and play under pressure. But we played the pressured moments pretty well. We do not win them all, but when we lose a session, it does not lose badly and it keeps us in the game. “
India scored 272/3 on the first day of the first Test and it had tipped the match in favor of the visitors. The key contributions from Elgar, Bavuma and Petersen helped South Africa come back. Boucher believes the fighting spirit shown by captain Dean Elgar and vice captain Temba Bavuma helped the team come back.
“When we lost the first session of the first test [India were 83/0 at lunch], we lost it so badly that we could not get back in the fight even though we tried very hard. We probably lost too much in one session, ”he explained.
“Pulling it back from there was a tribute to the management. It does not surprise me. Dean is that kind of character and he led from the front. You have Temba – the same kind of fighter, the same spirit. When you have two leaders like that, the guys will follow them. “Both got up in terms of their own games.”
Boucher also revealed that a lot of people had written off his team after day one of the test series, but they returned against a very strong opposition to win the series.
“Many people had written us off after day one of the test series. To return, after losing the first day badly, and winning the second test, and this test – after losing all three throws – puts these things in perspective, where this team is and where the Indian team is, ”he revealed.
“They’s probably the best Test team in world cricket. It’s something our boys will not take for granted. There are a couple of youngsters who have come through really well and they will take a lot of confidence from this victory, and not just the victory. , but to get in good positions and win matches where it was hard, hard test cricket. “
South Africa needed 111 runs with eight wickets in hand for Day 4 of the Cape Town Test. South Africa managed the first session very well, and Kegan Petersen led the attack with a knock of 82 runs. Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma ended the match for the hosts, who built a winning partnership. Boucher revealed that it was not important for the team to lose any wicket in the first hour, and both batsmen who hit the fold made sure to keep their wickets safe.
“When you’re in the batting shift, the races always seem a mile away. When you’re in the field shift, you always feel like there’s never enough,” he said.
“Getting through the first hour unscathed was very important; it just arranged the locker room. The first hour was exactly what we needed. I like the intensity the guys put in. We went out and said we have to to look after scoring.When we saw in the second test when you first start to reach 50, 60 required and you start to increase the pace, it is difficult as a bowling unit to slow down the game.It went according to plan today.It was a tense day, but it’s a day the boys will remember how to win in difficult situations. “
Keegan Petersen was found in the series for South Africa as he hit excellently and scored 276 runs from 6 innings with an average of 46 and was the highest run scorer in the series. Boucher said he is very happy with the way Petersen performed and hopes he gets better and better
“Keegan has always shown signs of the batting we’re seeing right now. He’s just holding on. He’s in a good position with a guy like Dean next to him who really supports him. Batting at No. 3, You have to be tough, you have to know your game, you have to be technically sound, ”he elaborated.
‘Hopefully he gets better and better. It is a very difficult position to strike in, in South Africa, under our conditions. The way he has come through in this series, I am lost for words. In a big series like this, against big players, he was man-of-the-series. It is fully deserved and I am very, very happy on his behalf. “
The left-arm pacer, Marko Jansen, was another young man who impressed everyone with his bowling. He took 19 wickets in three games and was the second-highest wicket-taker in the series. Boucher believed that the team has found a new superstar in Jansen at a young age.
“We saw what he had in Pakistan [in January and February last year], he was with us in the West Indies [in June and July]. It was just a matter of time before he got through. You can see the skills he has. It is a variation that is difficult to find in cricket these days, ”he concluded.
“He did not start so well, but after the first day we look at him now and everyone looks and says what a find we have. As a 21-year-old he has a lot of cricket to learn. We have also seen good signs with the bat. We also found a superstar in him, at a very young age. “
South Africa will now play a three-match ODI series against South Africa from 19 January.
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