India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey is of the view that patience alone will see India through. “Be patient, bowl in the right areas – there’s already a patch there – and get those nicks off,” he said after the third day’s play.
The day was built around Pant’s innings, an unbeaten hundred that now allows India to fight in quest for glory. This is the closest they’ve come to winning a series in South Africa and what stands between them and the result they’re looking for are eight wickets.
“As a bowling unit, we don’t need to do anything different. We bowled well. Just stay consistent and create opportunities,” he added. Mhambrey did admit that India could’ve picked up a wicket or two more, if not for some bad luck.
At one stage, as Elgar and Petersen batted, it did appear like South Africa were running away with the game. The missed leg-before opportunity, one that got ruled out by the DRS, did not help either. However, the moment Elgar got dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah, India looked like they were about to get a foot back into the room.
“It was great to finish (the day) with a wicket. At times, that’s what you want. Let’s keep this simple: The first session is critical for us. We need to just hit the right areas,” he reiterated.
Mhambrey was all praise for Pant, especially after all the criticism the left-handed wicket-keeper-batsman has copped up this week. It was clear that Mhambrey was not just sharing his thoughts but sharing the dressing room sentiment too when he said, “It’s true that he didn’t get runs in the last few games but getting runs when it really mattered, and he’s set this game nicely for us. We’re really happy with the way he played. It wasn’t an easy wicket to bat on but he showed a lot of character. ”