South Africa head coach Mark Boucher on Friday ranked the remarkable 2-1 series victory over India as one of the best in its test cricket history. Trailing 0-1 after losing the Boxing Day opening test to Centurion, the team led by Dean Elgar showed immense resilience to win back-to-back games against the Wanderers and Newlands to upset the favorites.
“To put it in perspective, we lost three throws. A lot of people, including some media outlets, had us written off after the first day of the first test in the series,” Boucher said during the media interaction. ‘post-game.
“So coming back after losing the first test badly, then winning the second test and now winning the third test is pretty amazing.
“He will rank up there – in the top five has to be. Where we’re from, the stuff on and off the pitch… It’s good to get good results.
“The way the whole Test Series was played was fought hard, good cricket he has to be up there with some of the best Test Series to have played in South Africa.”
“This triumph will take a lot of self-confidence”
At the start of the series, the animators were inexperienced as they played their first test in six months at Centurion. They have only played six tests under new captain Elgar as Australia opted out of traveling for a four-game streak last March.
Elgar started his journey with a 2-0 victory over the West Indies before losing to India in the Boxing Day Test.
“It’s definitely something that we can take a lot of confidence in. This team really has a mission. We’ve been through some tough times lately and they’ve driven in a pretty special way.
“I’m incredibly proud of where they came from in such a short time and the results are starting to show now which is fantastic.
“Our feet are firmly on the ground. We know we are not the finished product. We have goals in front of us. We are therefore going to take advantage of this victory, ”said Boucher.
Heading into day four of play, South Africa started 101 for two and completed the task with up to seven wickets in hand.
“These guys deserve it. They’ve been through a lot together as a unit. So it’s nice to see that.
“It’s a very united group of guys. The World Cup was a huge disappointment, although we played good cricket throughout.
“It’s just something that was really needed in our locker room to work hard at it.”
“Not surprised at the character shown”
In both tests, the inexperienced side under Elgar set difficult goals of over 200 in rebound conditions.
Elgar led the way in Johannesburg, helping the team chase 240 in a seven-wicket victory.
Here, Keegan Petersen had the best score with 82 – her third consecutive test of fifty – as the hosts chased the 212-point goal.
“It doesn’t surprise me because you also have Dean who is that kind of character leading the way.
“You have Temba (Bavuma) as the vice-captain who is the same fighter with that spirit in him, so you have two leaders like that that the guys are going to follow.
“The guys also stood up when it came to their own games.” Boucher added: “To put these things in perspective on where this team is and where the Indian team is… They are probably the best team in world cricket when it comes to testing right now.
“They went to England, beat England, beat Australia in Australia. So that’s something our boys won’t take for granted.”
Word loss for Keegan
For South Africa, Petersen and Marco Jansen, the gangly 21-year-old leader, were the finds in the series.
Praising the duo, Boucher said, “You get two youngsters coming in on the side. Both deserve their little spotlight.” Petersen, who was only making his second series after a lackluster debut against the West Indies in June, impressed with his strength and composure in third place.
The 28-year-old has scored three times fifty in four innings and improved his score each time to be named Man of the Series. He was also the man of the match in their decisive victory here.
“Keegan probably didn’t start as well in the West Indies as he would have liked. Then he didn’t start very well at Supersport Park.
“But he’s still showing signs of the player that we see right now. He’s stuck with his guns. He’s in a good position to have a guy like Dean next to him. He (Dean) really supports him.
“He’s a tough guy and hits at No 3 in the cricket test, you have to be tough, you have to know your game, technically you have to be solid as well. Hope he gets better, better and better. better.
“It’s a very difficult position to play in South Africa under our conditions, batting at No 3. The way he went through the series, I’m at a loss for words. In a great series, against great players and to get the man in the series, he more than deserved it, ”Boucher said of Petersen.
“I found a superstar in Jansen”
The Jansen uncapped left arm crimper was a revelation and grew more and more powerful after an unimpressive debut in the Boxing Day test.
“When you lose a guy like Andre Nortje (hip injury) it was a big loss for us, but then Marco comes to the side. We’re really in a good space right now.” “A lot of people questioned his selection in the first Test. He didn’t start off very well and the media jumped on him a bit, which I found quite unfair,” he told About Jansen.
“But we saw what he had in Pakistan. He was with us in the West Indies, and it was only a matter of time before he arrived because we can see the skills he has and variation.” With a superb average of 16.47, Jansen finished with 19 wickets, behind his best wicket-taker Kagiso Rabada (20).
“Now when we watch him and probably everyone looks the same, what a find we have, another addition to our bowling attack. He has a lot of cricket to learn. We also find a superstar in him. leave to get better, “he said.
“We crossed the threshold some time ago”
The head coach added that they took the leap after forgettable performances in the recent past, including an exit from the group stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup.
“I think we hit the mark a while ago. Our results have been pretty strong in the last six months to a year.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to try a few players. I think it’s starting to go well now because we’ve started to have a depth of cricketers that we can look to,” he signed.
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