‘A great world player in the making’ – Ravi Shastri lauds Keegan Petersen after Player of the Series performance against India
South Africa defeated India in the third Test and made sure that India fails to win their first Test series in South Africa. The Proteas were written-off after losing the first Test, but the team bounced back to win the series by a 2-1 margin. Dean Elgar played a massive role in the second Test while Keegan Petersen repeated the same in the third Test.
Former Indian coach Ravi Shastri took to Twitter to shower praises on Petersen and called him a great world player in the making. Petersen received these pleasant words for scoring the highest amount of runs in the series which allowed him to win the player of the series award. He even compared Petersen to his childhood hero Gundappa Viswanath.
In the third Test, Petersen was the highest scorer for South Africa in both innings. In the first innings, he made 72 runs and guided his team to a total of 210 runs. His best knock came during the second innings when he made 82 runs off 113 balls and helped South Africa register a victory by seven wickets over the Indian team.
“Keegan Peterson (KP). Excellent initials (@KP24). A great world player in the making. My childhood hero Gundappa Vishwanath comes to mind #SAvIND,” tweeted Shastri.
Here’s Ravi Shastri’s tweet:
Keegan Peterson (KP). Excellent initials (@KP24). A great world player in the making. My childhood hero Gundappa Vishwanath comes to mind #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/6T9SuzN6St
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 14, 2022
During the post-match conference, Petersen mentioned how his positive approach helped him build his innings. He also added that the pitch offered a lot of challenge to the batters but he kept on believing in himself.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s a mixed bag, to be honest. Happy, emotional. I was trying to be positive and then build on that. It’s been difficult conditions all around and was just sticking to my guns. It’s been a long journey, can’t tell the whole story now, won’t be over till tomorrow morning. It’s been challenging surfaces, challenging bowling attacks,” said Petersen.