After India's historic Test win in Cape Town, Rohit Sharma says, ‘We knew it was going to be a short game.'

The captain of the Indian cricket team, Rohit Sharma, gave credit to his pace attack for a comprehensive 7-wicket win over South Africa in Cape Town. Rohit became the second captain after MS Dhoni, who led the Indian team to draw a Test series on Proteas soil. Meanwhile, it was India’s first-ever Test win in Cape Town, as they also became the first Asian side to do so.

Rohit said that despite the embarrassing collapse in the first inning, India did well to take a 98-run lead, which gave them an upper hand in the match.

Rohit said in the post-match presentation, “A great feat. In Centurion, we had to learn from our mistakes. We came back very well, especially our bowlers. Had some plans, and the boys got rewarded. We applied ourselves; we batted well to get a 100-run lead; it was not pleasing to see the last six wickets.” Rohit heaped praise on his fast bowlers for a stellar show on a bouncy track to dismiss the hosts on below-par scores in both innings.

He added, “We knew that it’s going to be a short game; we knew every run matters; to get that lead was very important. Very special, something you don’t get to see very often. We spoke about keeping things simple, and that’s what happened (on Siraj’s bowling). The pitch did the rest. Lots of credit to Siraj, Bumrah, Mukesh, and Prasidh.”

Talking about playing the Proteas conditions, Rohit asserted that it’s always a challenging tour against a tough opponent, and they will take a lot of pride from their performance in the Cape Town Test.

Jan 4, 2024 3:06 PM