SA vs IND: Happy, emotional but grateful for the opportunity- Keegan Petersen after starring in series win

Keegan Petersen said that he was elated and emotional after scoring a superb 82 as South Africa sealed a seven-wicket victory in the third Test and a 2-1 series win over India.

Keegan Petersen 'grateful' after starring in South Africa's series win over India: Enjoyed every moment of it (Reuters Photo)

Keegan Petersen ‘grateful’ after starring in South Africa’s series win over India: Enjoyed every moment of it (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Been a tough journey, enjoyed every moment of series win: Petersen
  • Keegan Petersen was adjuged the Player of the Match & Player of the series
  • Petersen’s gritty 82 helped SA beat India in 3rd Test by 7 wickets

An elated Keegan Petersen was grateful for getting the opportunity to represent his national team after starring in South Africa’s seven-wicket victory and 2-1 series win over India in Cape Town. Petersen, who was adjudged the Player of the Match and Player of the series, said that it has been a long and tough journey for him coming into the Tests.

Petersen, who was the leading scorer in the series with 276 runs, was the anchor for the home side on a difficult wicket for batting, but there were also important unbeaten contributions from Rassie van der Dussen (41) and Temba Bavuma (32) as they put on 57 for the fourth wicket.

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“I don’t know how I feel, it hasn’t sunk in yet. Happy, emotional but just grateful to have had the opportunity. I took every little positive I can from every innings and build on that,” Petersen said in the post-match presentation.

“It’s been a tough journey, not easy. Have had to stick to my guns and fight it out. It’s been a long journey, I can’t really tell the whole story right now. It’s not been easy even coming into Tests; challenging wickets, changing conditions, have had to deal with what has been in front of me.

“We’ve always had to tough it out against a high-quality bowling attack, a high-quality team. Just spending time at the wicket is crucial. The evident longer you bat, the easier it gets. I enjoyed every moment of it,” Petersen added.

The result means India are still in search of a first Test series victory in South Africa having had high hopes when they won the opening match. The teams will now play three ODIs starting in Paarl on Wednesday.

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