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“One of our best Test match victories” – Rohit Sharma
By SMCS - Jan 5, 2024 9:32 am
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Team India captain Rohit Sharma ranked India’s win in Cape Town among their all-time best victories as well, considering their poor record at the venue and more so as they lost in the first game as well. Notably, Team India had never won a Test match at the venue and became the first Asian team to beat the Proteas at Newlands. Playing a must-win game to level the series, Indian bowlers stepped up with the ball to emerge victorious by seven wickets. He also compared this to India’s famous win at the Gabba in Brisbane in January 2021.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj churned out carnage in Cape Town on Day 1

Speaking at the press conference after the win, Rohit Sharma said, “It’ll be one of our best Test match victories. Having not won here in Cape Town [before], obviously this puts it right up there with all the victories that we’ve had. It’s very hard to compare the Test matches that you play because every Test match has its own importance and own relevance.”

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“The Test match that we won at The Gabba as well. The last test match that was lost by Australia in Brisbane was in 1988, I think. Nearly after 23, 24 years [32 years] we won the Test match there. It kind of became like their fortress. They never lose a test match there,” Rohit Sharma again shared. “So you can’t really rank the Test matches, but this has to be right up there because we had not won here. That shows how important a venue this is for us to come here and perform. I give a lot of credit to our team to put up a performance like that and win the game.”

Team India
Team India

However, with this win, Team India drew for only the second time in their nine Test tours to South Africa, with the other instance being the 2010-11 series as well. However, Rohit Sharma also applauded young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal for his attacking batting in India’s fourth-innings run-chase while chasing a below-par total of 79. Jaiswal scored 28 off 23 deliveries and helped India win.

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“Any score to get on that pitch was going to be challenging. Yashasvi Jaiswal actually played quite freely. It is something that we discussed when we went to bat that we want to take the bowlers on. If the ball is in an area, we need to put it where it’s supposed to go. Especially in this country, we know batting is very difficult. Especially when you play on pitches like that, obviously it’s tough. You’ve gotta show a lot of faith. You’ve gotta show a lot of trust. And especially in the guys who have come here for the first time, uh, you know, Shubman Gill, Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer,” Rohit Sharma concluded.