Keshav Maharaj, who led the visitors in scoring with a 35-ball 41, thinks that little adjustment and a shift in perspective would be able to assist them counteract the swing. The Proteas need to reconsider their strategy for dealing with the new ball, which swung “prodigiously” in the first few overs of the series opener against India, according to South Africa’s left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
As Indian seamers Arshdeep Singh (3/32) and Deepak Chahar (2/24) swung the ball both ways to set up an eight-wicket triumph for the hosts in the opening T20I here on Wednesday night, South Africa’s batting unit collapsed.
“I don’t believe we should spend too much time on this chapter. At the post-game press conference, Maharaj observed, “We do need to talk about how we started.
We must reevaluate the application we initially observed and come up with strategies to counteract the swing. The opening couple of overs did saw a tremendous amount of ball swing.
A little modification and a shift in perspective, according to Maharaj, who led all scorers for the visitors with a 35-ball 41, might help them counteract the swing.
“The new ball, which has a lot of swing when we play with it, is something we need to solve. So maybe we should just change our strategy and outlook and go from there,” he said. Within the first three overs, South Africa was in trouble at 9/5; however, Aiden Markram (25), Wayne Parnell (24), and Maharaj helped to steady the ship before they reached the 100-run threshold.
“We weren’t anticipating the ball to swing so wildly. It was a difficult surface to bat on because it was two-paced, some balls skidded through, and there was a lot of tennis ball bounce at different points, according to Maharaj.
We shouldn’t focus too much on what happened, he continued, but it is something we can address moving ahead and hopefully fix.
The left-arm spinner thought it was commendable that the team managed to win the game despite being in a hazardous situation at the start.
“It’s hard to bounce back when you’re under pressure, but the boys showed some character and a little bit of fight.
“We can take a lot of positives from the grit that we showed fighting back from 29/5 and getting 106 and still sort of making a game of it.
The 32-year-old lamented the “little moments” that went against South Africa and might have altered the outcome of the match.
“KG (Kagiso Rabada) and Wayne (Parnell), who both took wickets and didn’t give away many runs, did incredibly well for the seam bowlers in the Powerplay. Although I don’t believe it got any simpler, the little things could have gone either way.
“Had Surya (Kumar Yadavtop )’s edge not gone off hand when he came to bat, the outcome would have been different. But KL (Rahul) and Surya batted incredibly well for the Indian team, Maharaj remarked.