India vs South Africa – “Keep Us Under Pressure Inside Powerplay”: South Africa Coach Mark Boucher On Bhuvneshwar Kumar


South Africa head coach Mark Boucher lamented the absence of Aiden Markram, terming India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s performance in the series as “special”, which he feels will make a lot of difference to the Proteas during the five T20Is. could. Bhuvneshwar, who now plays only white-ball cricket, took six wickets in four full games and conceded only 85 runs in 14 overs at an economy rate that was just a shed more than six runs per over.

“Bhuvi was special throughout this series as we came up against some quality bowling. He put us under pressure in the powerplays and, except in one match (Delhi), where we started well, he took on us with both the ball and the bat. Dominated. In the powerplays,” Boucher said after the series ended in 2-2, while the Proteas were initially 2-0 up.

However, losing Markram due to COVID-19 at the start of the series had a huge impact, felt the former glove.

“It was tough to lose Aiden Markram even before we started the first game. We wanted to play six batsmen, with Aiden being our sixth option and we couldn’t do that,” Boucher said.

He said that the long IPL made the players tired and it also affected the final result.

“We didn’t play our best cricket and it was very difficult for our IPL players to last the entire IPL and then come back to India one after the other,” he said.

“Friends are a little tired too. So they will all enjoy the break in the World Cup year and learn a lot (after learning). And see if we can fill in some of the gaps going to Australia in different circumstances. ” While stars like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah were rested for the series, Boucher lauded the depth of the Indian cricket system created by the IPL.

“I know there weren’t a lot of top (India) players here, but the depth that Indian cricket has at the moment is largely due to the IPL, they can take a lot of confidence too.” “You can’t just walk into India and expect to win a series as well. So, we played a couple of good games and two bad games and there are reasons for that, but you can’t get too into it.”

However, South Africa’s game plan will be different in Australian conditions.

“Plans will change in Australia and we are aware of that. We tried a few options in these circumstances and see if they work.

“And I think, we asked some questions and we got some good answers.” Boucher made no bones about the fact that South Africa need to improve their powerplay batting.

“We struggled to get into a few games and we would speak about it after every game and maybe see how we could change our mindset and intention, especially after the third game, when we got the intention we needed. Go ahead,” he said. Told.

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“And in some phases our bowling was very good and in some phases, we looked rough and kind of understood that some people coming into the series after the IPL and maybe a little tired,” he signed off. Did it

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