India vs South Africa, 5th ODI (D/N), Mumbai, Oct 25 2015, South Africa tour of India
Match Result: South Africa won by 214 runs
Player of the Match: AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers: “Obviously a very enjoyabvle performance today. We assessed the conditions nicely and the opening batters set it up for us to enjoy the innings. I thought Faf took control of the innings very nicely. KG is an amazing bowler, very young still, lots to learn and the potential in him is high”
MS Dhoni | India captain: “Once they had good partnership on top and once they looked ot accelerate, I thought it was impossible to stop them. Even if we had done exceedingly well, over 350 was on the cards. All three innings were very good, you want to have a good start so Quinton’s innings was very good.
Faf came in at No. 3 and took over and AB as well. They got away in the first 25 overs and then it was difficult to stop. They only got one wicket in their favour. Specially this wicket, it was very true for the seamers. And we all know in Wankhede, there was a lot of runs. It would be unfair to say the spinners bowled badly.
I think there were occasions where we should have done better. We were up and down, but still we were good. We put runs on the board and bowling also, we bowled well. This one game, it was completely taken away from us.”
Faf du Plessis: “Its the Mumbai heat, it was incredibly warm. I am not as strong as MS and those guys to hit sixes. So I had t orun a lot of twos. Unfortunately I could not take the field today. Would have been nice. Suppose it is hard not to laugh at someone when they go through that [falling on his backside after hitting fours because of cramps].
I told to AB I was done, but AB told me to just keep going. The new guy would find it difficult. It was great to put up such a big score in the decider. Quinny was amazing, his strike rate was fantastic. Same with AB. My role was to just anchor the innings”
Zaheer Khan: “Thank you very much for all the respected members on the dais. Its been very special for me to get felicitated in front of such a gathering. To MS, I know it was a tough day today. But keep working hard. I’m sure you are going to achieve quite a lot in the coming time.
To AB and the team, you’ve always been tough opponents. Really enjoyed the challenge, you always bring out the best in me. Congratulations on the series win” “Its been amazing. Its been 10 days since the announcement of my retirement. Its been an amazing 10 days. Been really proud. The way everyone has shown their love and support, I can’t thank you enough.
To the special Mumba crowd, it all started here 10-15-20 years back. Just happy that my final speech is happening at Wankhede. Hopefully I continue to be associated with the game in some capacity or other. Just want to thank you all, to all the millions of follows of Team Indiaand the game. Keep supporting them, they need you.
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