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India vs South Africa: It should rank up there in historical past of Take a look at cricket in South Africa, says Boucher


South Africa staff celebrating Take a look at collection win towards India

South Africa head coach Mark Boucher on Friday ranked the exceptional, come-from-behind 2-1 collection win towards World No. 1 India as probably the greatest of their historical past of Take a look at cricket.

Trailing 0-1 after dropping the Boxing Day opening Take a look at at Centurion, the Dean Elgar-led aspect confirmed immense resilience to win back-to-back matches on the Wanderers and Newlands to upset the agency favourites.

“To put it into perspective we have lost three tosses. A lot of people, including some of the media, had written us off after day one of the first Test of the series,” Boucher mentioned on the post-match media interplay.

“So, to come back after losing the first Test badly and then to win the second Test and now win the third Test is pretty incredible. It will rank up there — in top five must be. Where we’ve come from, the on-field and off-field stuff… It’s good to get some good results. The way the whole Test series was played was hard fought, some good cricket, it must be up there with some of the best Test series to have played in South Africa.”

Will take a whole lot of confidence from this triumph

Going into the collection, the hosts have been brief on expertise as they performed their first Take a look at in six months at Centurion. They performed simply six Exams below new captain Elgar as Australia opted to not journey for a four-match collection final March.

Elgar began his journey with a 2-0 win over the West Indies earlier than dropping to India within the Boxing Day Take a look at.

“It’s certainly something that we can take a lot of confidence from. This team is on a mission, really. We’ve been through some tough times of late and they have driven in a way that is pretty special. I’m incredibly proud of where they come from in a short period of time and the results are starting to come through now which is fantastic. Our feet are firmly on the ground. We know that we’re not the finished product. We’ve got goals ahead of us. So we will enjoy this win,” Boucher mentioned.

Going into the fourth day’s play, South Africa began from 101 for 2 and completed the duty with as many as seven wickets in hand.

“These guys deserve it. They’ve been through a lot together as a unit. So it’s just nice to see that. It’s a close knit group of guys. The World Cup was a massive disappointment, although we played some good cricket throughout. It is just something that was really needed in our dressing room to put the hard work in.”

Not stunned with the character proven

In each the Exams, the inexperienced aspect below Elgar have been set difficult targets of over 200 in bouncy circumstances. Elgar confirmed the best way in Johannesburg, serving to the aspect chase down 240 in a seven-wicket win. Right here, Keegan Petersen top-scored with 82 — his third successive Take a look at fifty — because the hosts chased down the 212-run goal.

“It doesn’t surprise me because you got Dean as well who’s that sort of character who leads from the front. You’ve got Temba (Bavuma) as the vice-captain who is the same fighter with that spirit in him, so you’ve got two leaders like that who the guys are going to follow. The guys stood up with regards to their own games as well.”

Boucher added, “To put these things into perspective about where this team is and where the Indian team is… They are probably the best team in world cricket Test-wise at the moment. They’ve gone over to England, beat England, beat Australia in Australia. So this is something that our boys won’t take for granted.”

Loss for phrases for Keegan

For South Africa, Petersen and 21-year-old lanky left-arm pacer Marco Jansen have been the finds of the collection.

Heaping reward on the duo, Boucher mentioned: “You get two youngsters who have just come into the side. Both of them deserve their little spotlights.”

Petersen, who was taking part in solely his second collection after a lacklustre debut towards the West Indies in June, impressed together with his solidity and composure at No. 3.

The 28-year-old scored three fifties in 4 innings and every time bettered his rating to be adjudged Man of the Collection. He was additionally the Man of the Match of their series-clinching win right here.

“Keegan probably didn’t start off as well in the West Indies as he would have liked. Then he didn’t start off too well at the Supersport Park. But he’s always shown signs of the player that we are seeing right now. He just stuck to his guns. He’s in a good position to have a guy like Dean next to him. He (Dean) really backs him. He’s a tough nut and batting at No. 3 in Test cricket, you have got to be tough, you got to know your game, technically you got to be sound as well. Hopefully he just gets better, better and better. It’s a very tough position to play in South Africa in our conditions, batting at No. 3. The way that he’s come through the series, I’m at a loss for words. In a big series, against big players and to get the Man of the Series, he fully deserved it,” Boucher mentioned of Petersen.

Discovered a celebrity in Jansen

Uncapped left-arm seamer Jansen was a revelation and grew from energy to energy after an unimpressive debut within the Boxing Day Take a look at.

“When you lose out a guy like Andre Nortje (hip injury), it was a big loss for us but then you get Marco coming to the side. We are really in a good space at the moment. A lot of people questioned his selection in the first Test. He didn’t start off too well and the media jumped on him a bit, which I thought was quite unfair,” he mentioned of Jansen.

“But we saw what he had in Pakistan. He was with us in the West Indies, and it was just a matter of time before he came through because we can see the skillset that he’s got and the variation. Now when we look at him and probably everyone’s looking the same, what a find we’ve got, another addition to our bowling attack. He has a lot of cricket to learn. We find a superstar in him as well. He’s only going to get better,” he mentioned.

Averaging an outstanding 16.47, Jansen completed with 19 wickets, behind their high wicket taker Kagiso Rabada (20).

We have turned the nook fairly some time in the past

The top coach additional went on to say that they’ve turned the nook after some forgettable performances within the current previous together with a group-stage exit within the 2021 T20 World Cup.

“I believe that we’ve turned the corner quite a while ago. Our results have been pretty solid over the last six months to a year. We had the chance to try a few players. I think that’s starting to come good now because we started to get a depth of cricketers that we can turn to,” he signed off.

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