South Africa vs India: Aiden Markram explains how he made use of ‘good fortune’ to hit hundred against India in 2nd Test

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Aiden Markram said that batters need ‘good fortune’ to survive on pitches similar to the one at the Newlands in Cape Town during South Africa’s second Test against India.

Markram was at his very best in the second innings, although his knock could not save the Proteas from a 7-wicket defeat at the hands of Rohit Sharma’s men.

Markram smashed a 99-ball hundred and got out to Mohammed Siraj after scoring 106 runs off 103 balls with the help of 17 fours and two sixes.

“You have to remain as positive as you can be, always looking to score. And if the odd one goes past your edge, just laugh it off,” Markram was quoted as saying.

“On a wicket like that, you need good fortune. I played and missed a lot, and I was dropped as well [on 73]. It got easier for me when they spread the field. When a bowler’s tail is up and he’s bowling to a new batter, there’s a lot more energy on the ball. When you’re on the other side of that, they’re almost bowling to get you off strike. That makes sense, but it could make for easier batting,” he stated.

With wickets falling around him in the second innings, Markram played his shots freely to dictate terms to the opposition. He was also involved in a partnership of 51 with for the seventh wicket with Kagiso Rabada before getting out.

“It makes it challenging when the ball is going up and down. If it’s just one of those you can try and find a plan to cover that. Sometimes when it’s staying down you don’t want to be getting your pads in the way too much, which means you’re more leg-side of the ball.

“But when it starts bouncing and you are leg-side of the ball, you can nick it. You wing it while you’re out there. You go with your gut feel,” Markram added.

Despite Markram’s knock, South Africa scored only 176 in 36.5 overs, thereby setting India a target of 79 to chase down. India romped past the finish line in 12 overs as the Cape Town Test made the record for the shortest Test by overs in the history of the format.

Published By:

sabyasachi chowdhury

Published On:

Jan 5, 2024

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