Trailing 0-1 after dropping the Boxing Day opening Check at Centurion, the Dean Elgar-led aspect confirmed immense resilience to win back-to-back matches on the Wanderers and Newlands to upset the agency favourites.
“To place it into perspective we’ve got misplaced three tosses. Lots of people, together with a few of the media, had written us off after day one of many first Check of the collection,” Boucher mentioned on the post-match media interplay.
“So, to come back again after dropping the primary Check badly after which to win the second Check and now win the third Check is fairly unimaginable.
“It is going to rank up there — within the prime 5 have to be. The place we have come from, the on-field and off-field stuff… It is good to get some good outcomes.
“The best way the entire Check collection was performed was exhausting fought, some good cricket, it have to be up there with a few of the finest Check collection to have performed in South Africa.”
‘Will take numerous confidence from this triumph’
Going into the collection, the hosts have been brief on expertise as they performed their first Check in six months at Centurion. They performed simply six Checks underneath new captain Elgar as Australia opted to not journey for a four-match collection final March.
Elgar began his journey with a 2-0 win over the West Indies earlier than dropping to India within the Boxing Day Check.
“It is actually one thing that we are able to take numerous confidence from. This group is on a mission, actually. We have been via some powerful instances of late and so they have pushed in a means that’s fairly particular.
“I am extremely pleased with the place they arrive from in a brief time period and the outcomes are beginning to come via now which is implausible.
“Our ft are firmly on the bottom. We all know that we’re not the completed product. We have objectives forward of us. So we are going to take pleasure in this win,” Boucher mentioned.
Going into the fourth day’s play, South Africa began from 101 for 2 and completed the duty with as many as seven wickets in hand.
“These guys deserve it. They have been via rather a lot collectively as a unit. So it is simply good to see that.
“It is a shut knit group of men. The World Cup was a large disappointment, though we performed some good cricket all through.
“It’s simply one thing that was actually wanted in our dressing room to place the exhausting work in.”
Not stunned with the character proven
In each the Checks, the inexperienced aspect underneath Elgar have been set tough targets of over 200 in bouncy circumstances.
Elgar confirmed the way in which in Johannesburg, serving to the aspect chase down 240 in a seven-wicket win.
Right here, Keegan Petersen top-scored with 82 — his third successive Check fifty — because the hosts chased down the 212-run goal.
“It would not shock me since you obtained Dean as nicely who’s that type of character who leads from the entrance.
“You have obtained Temba (Bavuma) because the vice-captain who is similar fighter with that spirit in him, so you’ve got obtained two leaders like that who the blokes are going to observe.
“The blokes stood up as regards to their very own video games as nicely.”
Boucher added, “To place these items into perspective about the place this group is and the place the Indian group is… They’re most likely one of the best group in world cricket Check-wise in the meanwhile.
“They’ve gone over to England, beat England, beat Australia in Australia. So that is one thing that our boys will not take with no consideration.”
In Pics: Petersen sparkles as South Africa seal collection win towards India
<p>Keegan Petersen scored an outstanding 82 as South Africa accomplished a seven-wicket victory within the third Check and a 2-1 collection win over world primary India on a spiteful Newlands pitch having chased down their difficult goal of 212 on Friday. (Reuters Picture)</p>
Loss for phrases for Keegan
For South Africa, Petersen and 21-year-old lanky left-arm pacer Marco Jansen have been the finds of the collection.
Heaping reward on the duo, Boucher mentioned: “You get two kids who’ve simply come into the aspect. Each of them deserve their little spotlights.”
Petersen, who was taking part in solely his second collection after a lacklustre debut towards the West Indies in June, impressed along with his solidity and composure at No. 3.
The 28-year-old scored three fifties in 4 innings and every time bettered his rating to be adjudged Man of the Collection. He was additionally the Man of the Match of their series-clinching win right here.
“Keegan most likely did not begin off as nicely within the West Indies as he would have favored. Then he did not begin off too nicely on the Supersport Park.
“However he is all the time proven indicators of the participant that we’re seeing proper now. He simply caught to his weapons. He is in a great place to have a man like Dean subsequent to him. He (Dean) actually backs him.
“He is a troublesome nut and batting at No. 3 in Check cricket, you’ve got to be powerful, you bought to know your sport, technically you bought to be sound as nicely. Hopefully he simply will get higher, higher and higher.
“It is a very powerful place to play in South Africa in our circumstances, batting at No. 3. The best way that he is come via the collection, I am perplexed. In a giant collection, towards large gamers and to get the Man of the Collection, he absolutely deserved it,” Boucher mentioned of Petersen.
Discovered a famous person in Jansen
Uncapped left-arm seamer Jansen was a revelation and grew from energy to energy after an unimpressive debut within the Boxing Day Check.
“While you lose out a man like Andre Nortje (hip harm), it was a giant loss for us however you then get Marco coming to the aspect. We’re actually in a great house in the meanwhile.”
“Lots of people questioned his choice within the first Check. He did not begin off too nicely and the media jumped on him a bit, which I believed was fairly unfair,” he mentioned of Jansen.
“However we noticed what he had in Pakistan. He was with us within the West Indies, and it was only a matter of time earlier than he got here via as a result of we are able to see the talent set that he is obtained and the variation.”
Averaging an outstanding 16.47, Jansen completed with 19 wickets, behind their prime wicket taker Kagiso Rabada (20).
“Now once we take a look at him and doubtless everybody’s wanting the identical, what a discover we have, one other addition to our bowling assault. He has numerous cricket to study. We discover a famous person in him as nicely. He is solely going to get higher,” he mentioned.
‘We have turned the nook fairly some time in the past’
The pinnacle coach additional went on to say that they’ve turned the nook after some forgettable performances within the latest previous together with a group-stage exit within the 2021 T20 World Cup.
“I consider that we have turned the nook fairly some time in the past. Our outcomes have been fairly strong during the last six months to a 12 months.
“We had the possibility to strive a couple of gamers. I believe that is beginning to come good now as a result of we began to get a depth of cricketers that we are able to flip to,” he signed off.