South Africa scripted an impressive Test series victory from behind as the Proteas side beat India by seven wickets in Cape Town chasing a tough 212 on the Newlands box. The victory negated the first-ever Test series victory in the Rainbow Nation for India, which was equipped with relatively experienced players in front of the rubber.
But the South African unit recorded their biggest victory under skipper Dean Elgar and coach Mark Boucher, extending their side’s dominance at home against India in the traditional format. They have now won seven of the contests in South Africa, with a series drawn, since their readmission to international cricket in 1992.
South Africa’s chase on day four was anchored by Keegan Petersen, who contributed with a vital 82 en route to his team’s decisive second set. The No. 3 right-handed batter had also hit 72 in the opening innings. In his fifth Test and first series at home, the 29-year-old Petersen won the Player of the Series award for scoring 276 points in three games against India.
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Petersen’s batting approach and defiant innings drew widespread praise on social media and former India head coach Ravi Shastri also spilled high praise for the rising South African star. Shastri hailed ‘KP’ as a great player in the making and added that he remembered legendary Gundappa Viswanath after watching Petersen beat.
“Keegan Peterson (KP). Great initials (@KP24). A great world player in the making. My childhood hero Gundappa Vishwanath comes to mind #SAvIND,” Shastri tweeted.
The hosts resumed Day 4 on 101 for two, with the game hanging in the balance before Petersen split a 54 partnership with Rassie van der Dussen. Petersen had also added 78 with Dean Elgar the day before, helping his team progress to victory.
“It hasn’t sunk yet. It’s a mixed bag, to be honest. Happy, emotional. I was trying to be positive and then build on that. Conditions were tough all around and I m “I was sticking to my guns. It’s been a long journey, I can’t tell the full story now, won’t be finished until tomorrow morning. It’s been tough surfaces, tough bowling attacks,” Petersen said during a post-match presentation.
“We knew it was going to be tough – it’s a high quality bowling offense, a high quality team. We just wanted to have the mindset to fight. I’m enjoying it a lot (the success) . , the easier it is (on these pitches). So I enjoyed it a lot,” he added.
India had won the first Test by 113 runs, but South Africa recorded victories in the second and third Tests to clinch the series. The action now shifts to the three-game series, starting January 19, where KL Rahul will be seen leading the limited overs side in the absence of Rohit Sharma.