Dhoni: We had the ingredients but didn't cook food well

2013-12-30 19:13

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Proteas captain Graeme Smith said the contribution of Jacques Kallis in winning the second test match against India was very important, especially in an emotionally charged atmosphere like that of a final test match.

Kallis made a superb first innings 115, which was the cornerstone of the 10 wicket win at Kingsmead.

“For him to have consolidated the way he did was important. The hundred was important and the substance that he gave us to get to a total that eventually won the match for us was imperative. Credit to him for the way he performed in his final test match. I can only imagine what goes through your head and for him to find that zone that he was in for the most of his career was a credit to him,” Smith said.

Smith also did not understate the value of Robin Peterson’s cause to the win, which led to South Africa’s first test win in Durban since they beat the West Indies in 2008. Peterson endured a torrid first innings but his hasty 52-ball 61 and his four second innings wickets played a big part in the Proteas win.

“He does bring a good balance to the team and I think for him the four wickets were hugely rewarding. I don’t think we would have won the game without them. We needed a contribution from our spinner and it was fantastic to get it,” Smith said.

India captain MS Dhoni said he was proud of how his team battled during the season and they will take lessons from this tour that they will apply in New Zealand and England when they tour both countries next year.

“We had the ingredients but we did not cook the food well. The ingredients we have are fantastic but it will be a case of cooking the food well. Our batting department looked good and the bowling department also did very well,” Dhoni said.

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