September 29, 2022

India tour in South Africa | These are my best numbers, but my best is yet to come: Shardul

Petersen said South Africa would like to chase anything below 200 in the fourth innings on the bowler-friendly field

Petersen said South Africa would like to chase anything below 200 in the fourth innings on the bowler-friendly field

Shardul Thakur made Wanderers history on Tuesday. His seven for 61 is the best figures ever for an Indian bowler against South Africa in Test cricket.

After the second day game, a confident Shardul said, “Those are my best tricks. But my best is yet to come.

On his game plan, Shardul said, “I wanted to keep being tough on the hitters. All I did was hit the crack. There was an area from which the ball went up or stayed low.

Shardul said it was teamwork. “Shami and Bumrah are the strike bowlers. They played well without a chance, but created pressure. Today I got the counters. That’s how we play in packs.

“I love playing Test cricket. It is the purest form of the game. My mindset is different when I play Tests. I want to give my best,” he said added.

Shardul said he was not bothered by the limited opportunities he had. “The coaches and team management trust me and that’s why they play me like a real bowler. In a big country like India, there’s bound to be competition.

On the state of the match, he said, “Cheteshwar Pujara is batting well now. He feels comfortable. »

On his success in overseas conditions, Shardul said, “You have to have a better understanding of the game. Every game is different and comes with different challenges.

Shardul said there is help for seamstresses from Centurion and Wanderers. “You have to play in good areas,” he said.

On the postponement of the Ranji Trophy, he said, “I feel for them [the cricketers]. but you also need to look at the COVID-19 scenario in the country.

Keegan Petersen said South Africans would like to hunt anything below 200.

“Over 200, with their bowling on this pitch, it could get tough for us. The surface is not improving. Hopefully we can get them all out quickly,” he said.

Petersen, who came with his first half century in testing on Tuesday, said: “The Indian pacemakers came out of the guns in the morning. We had to go through this difficult period. »

Asked where his toughness and technique came from, Petersen replied, “It came naturally to me. I’ve been hitting like this since I was a kid.

Petersen added: “My dad Dirk was a club cricketer and he used to take me to games. And he would make thousands of deliveries.

The South African was happy with the way the Proteas struck in the first set. “A few of us could have scored higher, but overall it was a good performance. Bowling quality was good.

Petersen revealed he worked on a few shortcomings after the first test. “We identified a few areas and addressed them.”

He felt that a blatantly offensive hitting scheme might not succeed on this pitch. “You have to defend the right balls and then the scoring opportunities would come.”

Petersen will remember Wanderers all his life. After all, that’s where he found his first rounds of substance in testing.