The victorious South African team poses with the Freedom Trophy, South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day, January 14, 2022 © Getty Images
The victorious South African team poses with the Freedom Trophy, South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day, January 14, 2022 © Getty Images

South Africa’s experienced batter Temba Bavuma was all praise for his teammates following their stunning comeback in the 3-match Test series against India.

After losing the first Test in Centurion, the experts had written the Proteas off. They weren’t given a chance against the best touring team in the world but the hosts held their own.

IND vs SA: Definitely The Hardest I've Been A Part Of - Temba Bavuma After 2-1 Series Win Over India
An elated Dean Elgar lifts the Freedom Trophy with his team-mates, South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day, January 14, 2022, © Getty Images

They fought back hard in the final two games and managed to chase down targets in excess of 200 twice in a row. South Africa’s batters were definitely a lot more composed and applied themselves on a fair pitch. The series win would have tasted extremely sweet, especially considering they were missing Anrich Nortje.

Here’s what Temba Bavuma had to say about the win:

Memorable test series, definitely the hardest I’ve been a part of! Well done to these bunch of guys, we overcame a lot #Proteas #SAvIND.

SA head coach Mark Boucher pleased with Keegan Petersen’s application

Keegan Petersen won the Player of the Series award for his run-tally of 276 runs which includes three fifties. He scored twin fifties in the final Test in Cape Town and put his team in a position of strength, which received special praise from head coach Mark Boucher.

Keegan Petersen, Temba Bavuma
Keegan Petersen holds the Player-of-the-Match and Series awards while Dean Elgar poses with the series trophy, South Africa vs India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day, January 14, 2022, © Getty Images

Keegan has always shown signs of the batting we’re seeing right now. He just stuck to his guns. He is in a good position having a guy like Dean next to him who really does back him. Batting at No. 3, you’ve got to be tough, you’ve got to know your game, you’ve got to be technically sound.

Hopefully he gets better and better. It’s a very tough position to bat in, in South Africa, in our conditions. The way he has come through in this series, I am lost for words. In a big series like this, against big players, he was man-of-the-series. It’s fully deserved and I am very, very happy for him,” Boucher mentioned.

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