Nagpur - Proteas captain Hashim Amla has praised the grit from his
team in their 124-run loss to India in the third Test match at
the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur on Friday.
described the extreme conditions as the “three toughest days ” of his 87-match
Test career, but duly praised India’s spinners who took all 20 of South
Although the batsmen put in a more concerted effort in the
second innings following on from the paltry first innings contribution, Amla
admits the difference between the two teams has been the success of the Indian
spinners, who were almost unplayable in favourable conditions.
“There hasn’t been a hundred in the series yet,” Amla said to the media at the
post-match press conference.
“There have been a handful of fifties at least, in
both teams, so it would be harsh to say that this South African team has
struggled to score runs. I think if you look at the Indian team, although they
are on the winning side, it’s been tough for their batters as well. Given the
quality of spinners the Indians do have, obviously it’s going to be a lot
tougher for us in these conditions.
have probably been three of the toughest days I have experienced in my Test
career,” Amla said.
“The surface was probably the toughest I have had as well,
and the cricket itself was really difficult. So credit to India, they bowled
well and unfortunately we ended up on the wrong side of this game.”
The series win for India also ends the Proteas’ nine-year unbeaten
run away from home, and will no doubt shape and strengthen the characters
leading the new era of South African Test cricket.
“It is very disappointing,” Amla conceded.
“Fortunately, throughout my career, we’ve been travelling away and
managing to play very good cricket. I suppose one kind of consolation would be
that the conditions we’ve had to play in were probably nothing like we’ve had
when we’ve played away from home, and that is a type of challenge we’ve never
“Just thinking back to when I first started, South Africa as
a team almost looked very similar to what it is at the moment. We had some
really great players in Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith who were probably at
their prime at that stage and some young guns who were coming into the team, I
think myself and AB (de Villiers) were around. At the moment our team is
similar to that, we’re breeding a few younger guys coming in. But it is very
disappointing to lose a series away from home after nine years and to be part of
it, I hope it doesn’t happen again for us.”