Gautam Gambhir picked South Africa’s Keegan Petersen as the stand-out star for him in the recently concluded Test series. The right-hander came into his own during the three-Test series against India with the bat and solidified his status as one of the future stars for the Proteas.
He received rich praises from all over the cricket fraternity after leading his side to a 1-2 Test series win and Gambhir said the batter impressed him mightily with his composure and technique. Petersen ended the Test series with 276 runs with 3 half-centuries at an average of 46.00 and the highest score of 82.
Petersen was adjudged the Player of the Match as South Africa beat India in the third Test of the series in Cape Town and was also picked the Player of the Series for his rich haul of runs with the bat. He was the anchor on which South Africa relied on during their tricky chase of 212 runs to win the Test series in Newlands.
He Definitely Looks Like A Future Star For South Africa: Gautam Gambhir On Keegan Petersen
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir heaped praise on the 28-year-old Petersen, describing him as one for the future. He also pointed out how he bolstered the hosts’ batting lineup after Quinton de Kock’s departure after the first Test.
“He definitely looks like a future star for South Africa. The Proteas lost De Kock but Petersen’s form and contributions have been impressive in their series win. For me, he was the standout player for the hosts. I think a player’s form is more important than his reputation. In international sport, ultimately it’s all about form. If your form is good, you can tackle any batting unit,” said Gambhir on Star Sports.
“Also, you need to give your bowlers enough runs on the board to defend. We had hoped for a 300-350 total from the Indian batting unit but we didn’t see the batters fulfill the expectations. India managed to cross the 300-run mark only once in the series during the series opener in Centurion,” he further said.
After the Tests, the action now shifts to the three-match ODI series, beginning January 19. KL Rahul will captain the Indian team for the first time in the 50-over format after new captain Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the series with a hamstring injury.