Virat (Kohli) showed that faith in me and I'm grateful to him.
With rain lashing the SuperSport Park, Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal found it hard to grip the ball and bled 64 in four overs as South Africa chased down the target comfortably to level the three-match series 1-1 here.
However, the Proteas, led by Jean-Pau Duminy, in the absence of Faf du Plessis, will look to hit back at India in the second game, especially after a 1-5 thrashing in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs). When you have batting depth in the middle-order, you need to take your chance. Sometimes you need to credit the opposition as well.
Arguably, Chahal bowls a more consistent line than Kuldeep Yadav and this explains latter's omission from the first two games. When you have a good middle order, they can always execute later on.More news: Trump criticizes Florida deputy, talks guns in schools
Being grateful to captain Virat Kohli for promoting him up to No.3 in the line-up, Raina pointed out that the first six overs will again be key for India in Saturday's game, as they need to be at their aggressive best. With the series now tied 1-1, both the teams will look to stage a fight to eventually emerge as the victor of the tour. "From the team's perspective, it is very important to win trophies and then the individual performances take care of themselves". Whatever opportunity I get, I look to play my natural game. Smith ended the Test series as the top run-getter with 499 runs in four matches at an average of 71.28 and three centuries to his name. We have one game tomorrow, then the Asia Cup (Nidahas) and then a lot of matches in the IPL. The dressing room atmosphere is such that everyone is enjoying their success. It is going to be a very long road from here on.
"To truly judge a player's value, we need to look at the impact of performances in a much more sophisticated way".
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.
What could be a better end to this India's tour of South Africa where not only the Twenty20 global (T20I) series but the entire trip is on the line. On top of that, when you have a player like MS, Ravi bhai is also there - who gives a lot of input to the players.More news: Trump moves to ban gun modifications like bump stocks
Leg-spinner Chahal has moved up eight slots to the 21st position with 16 wickets in the South Africa series while Chinaman bowler Yadav's 17 scalps have helped him move up 15 positions to take the 47th position.
In this T-20 series, team India has made a great strength of winning the first match.
Kohli has so far amassed a staggering 871 runs on the tour with the third T20 worldwide to be played on Saturday.More news: WIRE COLUMN: Stop politicizing the Russia investigation