India vs South Africa: Keshav Maharaj says not going into shell was key to gritty partnership between him and Vernon Philander

Maharaj talked about the planning he had done with the support staff on how to bat against the Indian bowlers.

Press Trust of India, Oct 12, 2019 20:18:55 IST

Pune: South African tail-ender Keshav Maharaj, who braved a sore shoulder to hit a gritty 72, said not going into a shell was key to their splendid rearguard action in the second Test against India.

Maharaj said his lower-order colleague Vernon Philander (44 not out) kept him in good frame of mind.

They shared a 109-run ninth wicket stand as South Africa made 275 in reply to Idnia's 601/5 declared.

India vs South Africa: Keshav Maharaj says not going into shell was key to gritty partnership between him and Vernon Philander

South Africa's Vernon Philander, left, and Keshav Maharaj take a drinks break during Day 3 of second Test. AFP

"Vernon and I said to ourselves that we'll just get through to tea and see after that. Being a lower order batsman your fingers do itch to play a big shot but Vernon kept me in a good mind space," Maharaj said after the third day's play.

"But I remained be positive, because if you go into your shell a ball with your name will come along sooner or later."

India are now 326 runs ahead and have to option of enforcing a follow-on on the visitors.

Maharaj talked about the planning he had done with the support staff on how to bat against the Indian bowlers.

"I sat with Prasanna (analyst) last night and look at the gameplan for me going forward. I wanted to stay outside off stump to spin, I tried to stay legside of the ball for Jadeja. We saw Shami got the ball to reverse, and the wicket is deteriorating, but the longer you bat the easier it is."

Asked about his shoulder, he said, "It (shoulder) is very sore. Yesterday I dived on it so lot of bruising. But hopefully I'll be fine for the rest of the series. After a few pulls I felt normal.

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Updated Date: Oct 12, 2019 20:18:55 IST






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