South African fast bowler Duanne Olivier was glad to contribute in the team’s cause after the hosts completed a 3-0 clean sweep against Pakistan in Johannesburg on Monday (January 14).
Olivier brilliantly made the most of the bounce on offer and delivered the Player of the Series show in the just-concluded three-match Test series, as he picked up 24 wickets for South Africa to play a key role in Pakistan’s downfall in the home series.
Duanne told reporters at the post-match presentation, “At the end of the day, it is a team effort. I am glad to be contributing to the team's cause. In the Wanderers, there is some bounce and you don't need to bowl all that short and you need to pitch it up fuller; but when I saw my pitch map, I was too short.”
He added, “Each bowler is different and each of them brings something different to the table. They batted well, got a bit of a partnership towards the end, but we did really well to pull it back.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s stand-in captain Dean Elgar termed this win as one of the best he’s been a part of and was upbeat about his captaincy record.
He signed off by saying, “I have a fifty-percent win record now and I'll happily retire with it (laughs). We don't have a lot of Tests in this year - five of them, and I've spoken to the boys of what we need from these Tests. We have some temperamental quicks. They buy into your plans, are awesome sports and incredible cricketers. I’m extremely proud, and I don't want to take anything away from our efforts.”
(With AFP Inputs)