Calm Temperament and Stellar Stroke Play Shine


New Zealand‘s Test captain Kane Williamson has hailed his teammate Rachin Ravindra as a “class act” after the latter’s impressive display in the ongoing Test match against South Africa. Ravindra, who scored a fluent 240, drew praise from Williamson for his calm temperament and ability to play all kinds of shots.

Speaking after the second day’s play, Williamson emphasized the importance of maintaining discipline and playing the long game despite New Zealand’s commanding position with a lead of 431 runs. He credited Ravindra for his outstanding performance and highlighted his calmness under pressure as one of his biggest strengths.

“Ravindra is simply a class act to watch from the other end,” Williamson said. “One of his biggest strengths is being very calm. He’s clearly got the skills and the game as we’ve seen in ODIs, but to go through the gears here, in such a calm temperament, speaks volumes. Their bowlers weren’t giving much away, so we had to keep each other focused.”

Reflecting on his own contribution of 118 runs, Williamson praised Ravindra’s performance at the No. 4 position, describing him as a great stroke-maker capable of playing all shots and adjusting his game as per the situation. He emphasized Ravindra’s natural talent and positive attitude, which have been instrumental in moving the team forward.

“It was an outstanding innings and a special moment for him, but the milestone alone wasn’t enough. You can see he also wanted to put the team in a strong position,” Williamson added.

New Zealand, after posting a total of 511 in their first innings, further strengthened their position by reducing South Africa to 80 for 4. Williamson acknowledged the challenges posed by the pitch conditions and urged his bowlers to be mindful and disciplined in their approach.

“We’re in a relatively strong position, but it’ll be hard, South Africa bat deep, the pitch will deteriorate, so let’s see,” he said.

On the other hand, South Africa‘s captain Neil Brand expressed confidence in his team’s ability to bounce back, highlighting the importance of building one big partnership to turn the tide in their favor.

“It’s been a tough grind today, but we didn’t expect anything less,” Brand said. “New Zealand played well, but we also gave away a few chances which didn’t help. But we can still do something very much special here.”

With New Zealand holding the upper hand going into day three, the match remains finely poised, with both teams gearing up for an intriguing battle ahead.

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