SA vs IND: Keegan Petersen is great player in the making, reminds of Gundappa Viswanath, says Ravi Shastri

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has lavished rich praise on Keegan Petersen, saying the South African batter reminded him of the legendary Gundappa Viswanath.

Ravi Shastri compares Keegan Petersen to his childhood hero after match-winning knock vs India (Reuters Photo)

Ravi Shastri compares Keegan Petersen to his childhood hero after match-winning knock vs India (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Petersen is great player in the making, reminds of Gundappa Viswanath: Shastri
  • Petersen proved to be a crucial member of the South African team that defeated India 2-1
  • Petersen finished the series as the leading run-scorer with 276 in six innings

Former India coach Ravi Shastri hailed Keegan Petersen, calling him a great player in the making, who reminded him of his childhood hero Gundappa Vishwanath. Petersen finished the series as the leading run-scorer with 276 in six innings, providing South Africa with some solidity in the number three position that had been missing for some time.

Petersen proved to be a crucial member of the South African team that defeated India 2-1 in the just-concluded Test series. The batter scored twin fifties in the third Test in Cape Town and was adjudged the Player of the Match as well as the Player of the Series.

“Keegan Peterson (KP). Excellent initials (@KP24). A great world player in the making. My childhood hero Gundappa Vishwanath comes to mind #SAvIND,” Shastri tweeted.

Regarded as one of the best batters during his era, the right-handed Viswanath, who played 91 Tests and 25 ODIs for India, possessed supple wrists which he used to great effect in playing square cuts. The 28-year-old Petersen is also equally wristy.

Shastri also said ‘KP’ was a great initial, referring to the former England skipper Kevin Pietersen, one of the most captivating batters.

South Africa were well beaten by 113 runs in the first Test in Pretoria, but bounced back, against expectations by their young side, to win in both Johannesburg and Cape Town against the number one ranked team in the world.

South Africa, who won their previous series in West Indies in June, will next play Test cricket when they tour New Zealand for two matches next month.

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