In the post match press conference Klaasen was asked if De Kock should be anxious about his place in the XI, he replied: "No, not at all". But fate has made Klaasen the country's biggest find this summer.
He was quick to pounce on anything loose from the Indian bowlers and constantly kept the scoreboard ticking even when the boundaries weren't quite flowing.
Heinrich Klassen's blitz along with captain JP Duminy's stability was the tandem that South Africa rode as they succeeded in beating India in the second T20I on Wednesday. "Now it becomes a job". Duminy played the second fiddle and gave Klaasen the flawless support from the other end as the wicket-keeper batsman went hammer and tongs. Even after all the injured players, including Faf du Plessis, return to the squad, it will be hard to keep Klaasen out now. The timing - the last ball of the fifth over - didn't help either.More news: QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) EVP Sells 713 Shares of Stock
However, credit should go to Klaasen and Duminy who brought South Africa back into the match with a blazing 93-run stand for the third wicket which came off just 49 balls after they were down to 38 for 2 at one stage. The former Indian skipper who was earlier seen losing his cool at Manish Pandey did the same with Klaasen.
Since then it has been a career marred by injuries and poor form. He failed in the first match, but the way he took up responsibility in the chase of 189 in the second game was a good exhibition of sensibility. While JP Duminy remained unbeaten on 64 from 40 balls, Klaasen made 69 from just 30 balls.
Manish Pandey was the highest scorer for India with an unbeaten 79 runs off just 48 balls.
Klaasen stepped up when they needed him, though, smashing a couple of slower balls from Unadkat over the ropes before taking a liking to Chahal - hitting the spinner for five sixes - as Duminy ticked over nicely at the other end.More news: Russian Teenagers Dominate Ladies' Short Program as US Women Falter
South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels. Yuzvendra Chahal is the first such bowler from India.
It has been a remarkable tour for India. "I don't think he has anything to worry about", he was quoted as saying by sacricketmag.com.
If Jasprit Bumrah is fit then he would in all likelihood comeback in place of either Unadkat or Shardul Thakur.
Kohli has so far scored 871 runs on the tour across three formats. Overall, only two bowlers have had more expensive figures than Chahal - McCarthy (69 runs) against Afghanistan a year ago and 68 leaked by Kyle Abbott against West Indies in 2015.More news: Total War: Rome II's Desert Kingdoms Culture Pack Releases In March
The two wins came in the 2007 World T20 and as such the hosts have only ever won a singular bilateral T20I game (against England in 2016) at Cape Town.