‘Maturity shown’: Shikhar Dhawan hails India’s efforts against South Africa

India’s ODI deputy captain Shikhar Dhawan is pleased his side showed character on difficult pitches in the three-game series against South Africa. After losing the first game in Lucknow, India secured the series with two lopsided victories over the Proteas. “The boys showed great character on such a tough pitch. The bowlers were clinical today,” said Dhawan after the match. “I’m proud of the boys for how they played on the show. How they took responsibility and showed maturity. I want to say thank you to the coaches.” The first game in Lucknow was a game to remember for the ‘Men in Blue’, largely because of the many catches they missed.

“We showed a lot of character in the first game, we lost a few catches but we never really pushed ourselves. We tried to stick to the process. I’m enjoying the journey, I’ll try to continue to do well with my team.”

India’s ‘Player of the Series’ Mohammed Siraj was pleased with his consistent performance across all three games. “Playing against a good team gives you a lot of confidence. I had to take responsibility. I try to figure out the right pitches early in the innings. As a fast bowler you need that fire and that passion in you, and I’m excited about this award as a player of the series,” he said.

For Kuldeep Yadav, sticking with the process has helped him reap rewards, just like his 4/18 last game. “I don’t think too much about the result, just focus on the process and focus on my rhythm. I try to bowl in good areas. I don’t think too much, my next goal is to do well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament,” he said.

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David Miller, South Africa’s captain of the game, admitted the 99 goal had practically sealed their fate: “It was very tough. Getting only 99 didn’t help. A disappointing result today to end the series this way spin and it was two steps it was sticky as it was under a blanket because of the rain.

Miller didn’t think the team was doing too badly. “We were really good in certain areas, we managed to find our way around. We just need to extend the good times when it comes to ODIs,” he said.

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