South Africa head coach Mark Boucher on Friday ranked the exceptional, come-from-behind 2-1 collection win towards World No. 1 India as the most effective of their historical past of Test cricket. Trailing 0-1 after dropping the Boxing Day opening Test 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’ve got misplaced three tosses. Lots of people, together with a number of the media, had written us off after day one of many first Test of the collection,” Boucher mentioned on the post-match media interplay.
“So, to return again after dropping the primary Test badly after which to win the second Test and now win the third Test is fairly unimaginable.
“It will rank up there — in high 5 have to be. Where we have come from, the on-field and off-field stuff… It’s good to get some good outcomes.
“The manner the entire Test collection was performed was onerous fought, some good cricket, it have to be up there with a number of the finest Test collection to have performed in South Africa.”
‘Will take numerous confidence from this triumph’
Going into the collection, the hosts have been brief on expertise as they performed their first Test in six months at Centurion. They performed simply six Tests underneath 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 Test.
“It’s actually one thing that we are able to take numerous confidence from. This crew is on a mission, actually. We’ve been by means of some robust occasions of late and so they have pushed in a manner that’s fairly particular.
“I’m extremely happy with the place they arrive from in a brief time frame and the outcomes are beginning to come by means of now which is unbelievable.
“Our ft are firmly on the bottom. We know that we’re not the completed product. We’ve bought objectives forward of us. So we are going to take pleasure in 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 by means of so much collectively as a unit. So it is simply good to see that.
“It’s an in depth knit group of fellows. The World Cup was a large disappointment, though we performed some good cricket all through.
“It is simply one thing that was actually wanted in our dressing room to place the onerous work in.”
‘Not shocked with the character proven’
In each the Tests, the inexperienced aspect underneath Elgar have been set difficult targets of over 200 in bouncy circumstances.
Elgar confirmed the way in which in Johannesburg, serving to the aspect chase down 240 in a seven-wicket win.
Here, Keegan Petersen top-scored with 82 — his third successive Test fifty — because the hosts chased down the 212-run goal.
“It does not shock me since you bought Dean as properly who’s that type of character who leads from the entrance.
“You’ve bought Temba (Bavuma) because the vice-captain who is identical fighter with that spirit in him, so you’ve got bought two leaders like that who the blokes are going to observe.
“The guys stood up as regards to their very own video games as properly.” Boucher added, “To put these items into perspective about the place this crew is and the place the Indian crew is… They are in all probability the most effective crew in world cricket Test-wise in the meanwhile.
“They’ve gone over to England, beat England, beat Australia in Australia. So that is one thing that our boys will not take with no consideration.”
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 kids who’ve simply come into the aspect. 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 along 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 Series. He was additionally the Man of the Match of their series-clinching win right here.
“Keegan in all probability did not begin off as properly within the West Indies as he would have appreciated. Then he did not begin off too properly on the Supersport Park.
“But he is at all times proven indicators of the participant that we’re seeing proper now. He simply caught to his weapons. He’s in an excellent place to have a man like Dean subsequent to him. He (Dean) actually backs him.
“He’s a troublesome nut and batting at No. 3 in Test cricket, you’ve got to be robust, you bought to know your sport, technically you bought to be sound as properly. Hopefully he simply will get higher, higher and higher.
“It’s a really robust place to play in South Africa in our circumstances, batting at No. 3. The manner that he is come by means of the collection, I’m puzzled. In a giant collection, towards huge gamers and to get the Man of the Series, he totally deserved it,” Boucher mentioned of Petersen.
‘Found a celebrity in Jansen’
Uncapped left-arm seamer Jansen was a revelation and grew from power to power after an unimpressive debut within the Boxing Day Test.
“When you lose out a man like Andre Nortje (hip damage), it was a giant loss for us however then you definitely get Marco coming to the aspect. We are actually in an excellent area in the meanwhile.” “Lots of people questioned his choice within the first Test. He did not begin off too properly and the media jumped on him a bit, which I believed was fairly unfair,” he mentioned of Jansen.
“But we noticed what he had in Pakistan. He was with us within the West Indies, and it was only a matter of time earlier than he got here by means of as a result of we are able to see the skillset that he is bought and the variation.” Averaging an outstanding 16.47, Jansen completed with 19 wickets, behind their high wicket taker Kagiso Rabada (20).
“Now once we take a look at him and possibly everybody’s wanting the identical, what a discover we have, one other addition to our bowling assault. He has numerous cricket to study. We discover a celebrity in him as properly. He’s solely going to get higher,” he mentioned.
‘We’ve turned the nook fairly some time in the past’
The head coach additional went on to say that they’ve turned the nook after some forgettable performances within the latest previous together with a group-stage exit within the 2021 T20 World Cup.
“I imagine that we have turned the nook fairly some time in the past. Our outcomes have been fairly stable over the past six months to a 12 months.
“We had the prospect to strive a number of gamers. I feel that is beginning to come good now as a result of we began to get a depth of cricketers that we are able to flip to,” he signed off.
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