Keegan Petersen Said Indian Bowling Attack The Most Challenging He Faced In His Short 5 Test Match Career

Keegan Petersen holds the Player-of-the-Match and Series awards while Dean Elgar poses with the series trophy • Jan 14, 2022 © Getty Images
Keegan Petersen holds the Player-of-the-Match and Series awards while Dean Elgar poses with the series trophy • Jan 14, 2022 © Getty Images

Keegan Petersen, the South African batsman has said that the Indian bowling attack was the most challenging he has ever come across in his cricket career so far.

The right-hander was the top run-scorer in the three-match Test series, scoring 276 runs at an average of 46.00. He was the only player to score more than three half-centuries, recording scores of 72, 82, and 62.

Keegan Petersen scored at a brisk pace Getty Images
Keegan Petersen scored at a brisk pace Getty Images

Keegan Petersen: Indian Bowling Attack Most Challenging

South Africa came from behind to win the Test series 2-1 and this victory may very well revive cricket in the country. Dean Elgar, the South African skipper played a gritty knock of 96 runs in the 2nd Test to guide South Africa to a 7-wicket win over India to level the series 1-1 before Keegan Petersen scored valuable fifties in both innings of the 3rd and final Test to see unfancied South Africa winning Test series without most of the star players.

“It hasn’t completely sunk in yet,” he said.

“I still can’t explain how it feels completely despite it being two days already. Myself, my family and everyone close to us are still trying to get over it somehow. It was a challenging series against one of the best bowling attacks in the world,” the official website of Cricket South Africa (CSA) quoted Keegan Petersen as saying.

South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates and the trophy after winning the match and the series, Third Test - South Africa v India - Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa - January 14, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters
South Africa’s Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates.  January 14, 2022, | Photo Credit: Reuters

“It was by far the most challenging bowling I have come across in my career, whether it’s been in first-class cricket or any form of cricket. It hasn’t been an easy introduction for me to international cricket, but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. My journey’s unique and it’s my story to tell as well,” he added.

The 28-year-old was named Player of the Series after his outstanding exploits with the bat against India.

Keegan Petersen Grateful To Have The Opportunity To Represent South Africa

Keegan Petersen, who has played only 5 Tests was deservingly the Man of the Match for the 3rd Test with scores of 72 and 82. He was Man of the Series too for being the top scorer with 276 runs.

“Whether I bat in the first couple of overs or whether I bat after 50 overs, I’m just grateful to have the opportunity to be there, playing amongst a group of guys who are also trying to start something new in South African cricket. We are also trying to tell a new story as a team together as well,” said Keegan Petersen.

“Deano as our captain, he’s going to, he has and he is going to achieve great things as well as a captain. He’s a brilliant leader and we wouldn’t want anyone else to lead us. The achievement for us as a squad, we know the chips were down and the odds were against us especially after the first game where we were beaten. It wasn’t a good scenario, but we had a couple of strong chats after the game looking at ways to bounce back,” he added.

Marco Jansen (Gallo)
Marco Jansen (Gallo)

Further talking about the series win, Petersen said: “It’s just our personalities and character as South Africans, even though we’re the underdogs, we always come back fighting. That’s just how we are and we showed that during this series. Hopefully, it carries on for years to come,” he added.

Keegan Petersen has so far amassed 320 runs averaging 35.56 after averaging 46 in the Test series against India. South Africa and India will now lock horns in three-match ODI series, beginning Wednesday in Paarl.

The left-arm seamer, Marco Jansen received his maiden call-up to the ODI squad, while seamer Anrich Nortje has been deemed unfit after not recovering from his hip injury. Wayne Parnell and Zubayr Hamza have retained their spots from its Netherlands ODI tour. Dwaine Pretorius, who recently had a good outing in the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE, returned to the squad alongside all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.

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