IND vs SA: The Most Challenging I Have Faced In My Whole Career: Keegan Petersen On Playing Indian Pacers

South Africa batter Keegan Petersen said the Indian pace attack is the most challenging one he has faced in his career.

Playing in his fifth Test match, the Boland batter played a sharp-witted knock of 72 runs from 166 balls.

There are not many scoring opportunities: Keegan Petersen on facing Indian pace attack

On a day where his teammates were struggling to face the wrath of India’s bowling attack led by Jasprit Bumrah, Petersen showed no rush in playing a tempting shot and smoothly delivered his runs by pouncing on the bad balls.

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Keegan Petersen (Image Credit: Twitter)

The 28-year-old hit nine boundaries in his disciplined knock before he nicked a length delivery off Bumrah’s bowling that flew away to Cheteshwar Pujara at the first slip.

Petersen admitted that the Indian bowling attack was extremely challenging to face and it is very difficult to score runs against them.

It’s extremely challenging, the most challenging I have faced in my whole career. We have to be focused and on your mark, all the time or they will expose you,” Petersen said in his press conference after the day’s play.

“They test you in terms of scoring, there’s not much scoring opportunities. They have not given us much. They are arguably one of the best bowling attacks in the world. We knew that coming into the series, it’s been challenging, we just got to deal with it,” he added.

Aiden Markram will come through good eventually: Keegan Petersen

Bumrah knocked opener Aiden Markram’s stumps on the second ball of the day to give India a great start. Bumrah had also dismissed South Africa’s hero at the Wanderers, Dean Elgar, at the end of Day 1.

Markram has accumulated just 60 runs from five innings at an average of 12 in the three-match Test series so far.

Petersen acknowledged that his teammate is going through a lean patch with the bat but backed him to come back stronger.

“In terms of losing early wickets, we have two high-quality opening batters, they’re just going through a rough time,” Petersen stated.

Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram
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“Dean (Elgar) has come through and Aiden is going through a bit of a patch, but he is a quality player, we all know that he (Markram) will come through good eventually,” he added.

South Africa openers Marco Jansen and Kagiso Rabada got the Indian openers early in the second innings. Indian skipper Virat Kohli (14*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9*) stood firm at the crease as India gained a lead of 70 runs at the end of Day 2.

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