PRETORIA (Reuters) – India opener KL Rahul believes 2021 will go down as one of many most interesting years in Indian cricket historical past after they claimed one other well-known away success with a complete 113-run win in opposition to South Africa at Centurion Park on Thursday.
India turned the primary crew from the sub-continent to win a check on the venue, one other show of a newfound grit in overseas circumstances after an epic victory over Australia in Brisbane and wins in opposition to England at Lords and The Oval this yr.
“It is a particular yr for Team India with the sort of achievements we’ve got managed,” Rahul instructed reporters. “The yr has been really particular and can go down as one of many biggest in India’s historical past, particularly check cricket.
“The victories have taken loads of exhausting work and self-discipline and we’re beginning to see outcomes.”
India, led by their formidable tempo assault, bowled the house facet out for 191 simply after lunch on the fifth day, properly wanting the host’s victory goal of 305.
It is the proper begin for the vacationers as they search a primary ever collection win in South Africa.
Rahul says harsh classes from previous excursions have meant the facet are higher ready for this collection.
“We sat down as a unit and mentioned what had been the errors we’ve got finished in the earlier collection and what it takes to achieve success in South Africa. We have come right here higher ready this time spherical.
“What we did brilliantly in this check match was that we stayed in the second, we took it one session at a time and didn’t take into consideration the pitch, climate or the consequence. We will proceed to try this.”
Rahul scored 123 in the primary innings, which laid the platform for India’s win, and was the one batsman in the match to achieve three figures. He says it’s among the many better of his seven check tons.
“It is true up there in phrases of the circumstances, the wicket and the way difficult it was. It took loads of guts, willpower and self-discipline to get the century and put my crew right into a profitable place,” he added.
(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Ken Ferris)