Indian vs South Africa: Wanderers win a massive confidence booster for us, says Heinrich Klaasen
After struggling a defeat within the first three ODIs in opposition to India, South Africa have been wanting for an inspiring determine within the squad to offer them their first win the 6-match ODI sequence. In the 4th ODI at Wanderers in Johannesburg, the Proteas discovered a saviour determine in wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen. The right-hander scored 43 runs in 27 balls to take the house aspect to a thrilling 5-wicket win in opposition to India. Speaking to reporters after the match, the 26-year previous stated that the win will increase the morale of the workforce. “It’s a massive, massive confidence-booster for us. We didn’t have the confidence but just to get the first win has lifted the spirits in the change room.”
Klaasen was effectively supported by David Miller on the opposite finish, who had a fortunate day within the center. Miller was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal when he was at 7 however was saved after the replay confirmed that Chahal had overstepped. The left-handed batsman went on to attain 39 runs in 28 balls. Speaking in regards to the fortunate second, Klaasen stated, “It was definitely a momentum changer for us, getting that free hit on David’s wicket. He’s a cool, calm and experienced cricketer and he just said, ‘Anything in our slot we need to back and whatever we decide to do, we need to do fully.’ So we were very calculated in our approach there. Maybe it didn’t look like it, but it was all calculated and planned out,” he stated.
Klaasen continued to play effectively in opposition to the spin and impressed with unorthodox sweeps and reverse-sweeps. “It comes naturally to me, but I work hard on it. Three years ago, we went to Sri Lanka on a National Academy trip. We learned all types of sweeps. Since then, I’ve brought it back into my game and it works, it takes off a lot of pressure. Especially against good spinners, it’s difficult to hit them down the ground if you don’t use your feet well. So that just changed up their lengths and it suits me a little bit better,” the batsman stated.
Talking about his innings, Klaasen added, “Talking to our spinning coach (Claude Henderson), I just said that I wanted to get the first knock out of the way, get settled with the nerves and all those things. It’s been a long time coming. It means the world to me, it’s better than a hundred, better than anything else to play for your country.”
The wicketkeeper was awarded man-of-the-match award for his innings. He additionally praised the work by South African bowlers who bowled effectively within the loss of life overs to limit India to 289 in 50 overs. “That was a phenomenal 16 overs. I thought our death bowling in Cape Town was also very good, and that’s a good thing for South Africans to see, that our death bowling is picking up. Chris Morris and KG (Rabada) are bowling very well there so that obviously lifts our mood. I think they were looking at 340 at some stage, so yeah, all credit needs to go to the bowlers to restrict them and to get us back into the series,” he stated.
India lead the 6-match ODI sequence in opposition to South Africa by 3-1.