South African head coach Mark Boucher hailed Temba Bavuma and Dean Elgar for stepping up after everyone had written them off after Centurion defeat.
SA were written off after 1st Test defeat: Coach Mark Boucher on series win (Reuters Photo)
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South Africa head coach Mark Boucher savored his team’s monumental series win over India while pointing out that people had written the Proteas off after the first Test defeat in Centurion. Boucher hailed his players for bouncing back from a 1-0 defeat to record a magnificent series win in the three-Test series.
The home side were well beaten by 113 runs in the first Test in Pretoria, but bounced back, against expectations of their young side, to win in both Johannesburg and Cape Town against the number one ranked team in the world.
“A lot of people, including the media, had written us off after day one of the first Test. It’s been great. It doesn’t surprise me, because you’ve got Dean as well who is that sort of character and he led from the front,” Boucher told reporters after the series win over India.
‘Elgar, Bavuma stepped up after 1st Test’
Boucher further said that Temba Bavuma and Dean Elgar stepped up after everyone had written them off after day one of the opening Test.
“You’ve got Temba as the vice-captain who is the same fighter with that spirit in him. So you’ve got two leaders like that who the guys are going to follow. The guys stood up with regards to their own games as well.
“To come back after losing the first day badly to then compete in the first Test, and then to win the second and third Tests… This Indian team is probably the best team in world cricket Test-wise at the moment. This is something that our boys certainly won’t take for granted.”
“It was quite a nervous day for the changing room. As a coach, you actually have your hands tied behind your back and you can’t go out there and change the game at all. But from a nerves perspective, it was one of my more nervous Test days.”
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