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South Africa Was Written Off After Day One Of The First Test – Mark Boucher Savors Sweet Series Win Over India

South African head coach Mark Boucher savored the candy victory whereas hailing his gamers for bouncing again from going 1-0 to register an excellent 2-1 Test sequence win over India as they beat the guests by 7 wickets within the third and deciding match at Newlands, Cape Town.

The Proteas chased down 212 with seven wickets to spare on Day Four of the third Test in Cape Town. The hosts started the day needing 101 extra and misplaced just one wicket earlier than a dominant win. Keegan Petersen led the way in which with a elegant 82, whereas Rassie van der Dussen and Bavuma stayed until the top to see their aspect over the end line.

It’s Been Great. It Doesn’t Surprise Me: Mark Boucher On South Africa Beating India 2-1 In Test Series

India had created historical past by successful their maiden Test in Centurion by 113 runs. But South Africa bounced again to win the second Test in Johannesburg as Indian batting began to falter and within the third Test match, fell aside utterly. Boucher admitted folks thought South Africa stood no likelihood towards this Indian aspect. The former keeper-batter had particular phrases for Bavuma and Elgar.

An elated Dean Elgar lifts the Freedom Trophy along with his team-mates, South Africa vs India, third Test, Cape Town, 4th day, January 14, 2022 © Getty Images

“A lot of people, including the media, had written us off after day one of the first Test. It’s been great. It doesn’t surprise me, because you’ve got Dean as well who is that sort of character and he led from the front. You’ve got Temba 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 informed News24.

Keegan Petersen, who made 72 and 82 within the third Test, earned the Man of the Match award. He additionally received the Player of the Series award for his 276 runs in six innings at 46 with three half-centuries.

“This Is Something That Our Boys Certainly Won’t Take For Granted” – Mark Boucher

Mark Boucher additional lauded his unit, calling this Test sequence win a breakthrough for the transitioning Proteas group which has misplaced a few of its star gamers over time, together with Quinton de Kock, who retired from Tests after the primary match in Centurion.

The victorious South African team poses with the Freedom Trophy, South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day, January 14, 2022 © Getty Images
The victorious South African group poses with the Freedom Trophy, South Africa vs India, third Test, Cape Town, 4th day, January 14, 2022 © Getty Images

He mentioned: “To come back after losing the first day badly to then compete in the first Test, and then to win the second and third Tests… This Indian team is probably the best team in world cricket Test-wise at the moment. This is something that our boys certainly won’t take for granted.”  

“It was quite a nervous day for the changing room. As a coach, you actually have your hands tied behind your back and you can’t go out there and change the game at all. But from a nerves perspective, it was one of my more nervous Test days,” he added.

Now the 2 groups will interact in three ODIs which start from January 19.

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