India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Cape Town, Jan 11 – 14 2022, India tour of South Africa
Match Result: South Africa won by 7 wickets
Player of the Match: Keegan Petersen
Match Report: As the record books would say, it’s another home series win for South Africa against India. But when you consider all the aspects in the lead-up to this series, it is a historic achievement for the Proteas. For a young side undergoing a tough phase, and then sustaining another retirement mid-series, to come back from 0-1 down against the top-ranked side in the world is just phenomenal to say the least. The fact that both wins came through run chases and significant ones is something that makes this win one of a kind.
Of course, 212 here wasn’t as challenging as the 240 last game but with the series to win or lose, the pressure was as much, if not more. But Petersen and Elgar had done much of the job yesterday, and despite Elgar’s dismissal at the ending part of the day, the duo’s partnership had put the home side firmly ahead of the visitors. It required a miracle from India today but that simply didn’t happen. Also, Indians had lost their composure since yesterday and it showed in the results as well. Maybe they went searching too much for wickets and lost the plot.
Dean Elgar: “Every day in this environment, we’re gaining this experience. Unreal to see how a group that doesn’t have the repertoire or names can gel together as one. Extremely proud of this group. If you want to operate at a high performance level, have to have tough chats. If guys don’t like it, it’s up to them to deal with. I’ve got old-school mentality with new-school twist. Laid down challenges to senior players as well, great to see them take it on board and deliver.
Pretty elated, I think it will sink in in a day or two, maybe this evening. Couldn’t be prouder of the group. The guys responded brilliantly. After the first loss, had a lot of hope knowing we can still win this. Asked the players to respond in a better nature, better way and they responded brilliantly. Extremely happy. Challenging your players within the group, need character to stand up. The way our bowling unit delivered throughout the series is brilliant. I threw down the challenge after the first game and the guys responded brilliantly. Got a young, talented group.
Virat Kohli: “It’s a great spectacle of Tests for everyone to watch; hard-fought series. Great first game but SA did amazingly well. In both Tests they won, they were clinical with the ball in crunch moments. Lapse of concentration cost us key moments and they seized those moments; absolutely deserving winners in the end. As I said, one of the challenges we’ve faced touring abroad is make sure capitalising on momentum, when we’ve done that we’ve won Tests away from home. When we haven’t, they’ve cost us quite bad.
Have had a few collapses that have cost us important moments and Test matches. It’s batting; can’t pin-point any other aspect. People talk about pace and bounce, considering their heights, they were able to get much more off the wickets in all three Tests. They applied pressure long enough for us to make mistakes. It’s the understanding of conditions for them which they know very well. The batting has to be looked into, no running away from that. Having collapses every now and then not a good thing.”
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