South African opening batsman Aiden Markram has said the first 20-30 balls are crucial for any batsman while playing in the subcontinental conditions. The Markram accepted that he is not a finished product and is still looking for ways to improve his game. His comments came after Pakistan defeated South Africa by seven wickets in the first Test at the National Stadium in Karachi.
“I’m certainly not a finished product all of a sudden. It’s a small step in the right direction. That’s how I try to see it. A lot is still being learned and grown in such circumstances. From satisfaction, there’s a little that I from this knock, a little self-confidence. I would have liked to step on it, “ESPNCricinfo quoted Markram.
“It’s generally very difficult for a new hitter to get in. It’s something we’ve emphasized on previous trips to the subcontinent and on this tour. So (as a batsman) your first 20-30 balls are vital It’s generally hard to get in against a spinning ball, ”he added.
In the second innings of the first Test, Markram scored 74 runs and was involved in a 127-run tie with Rassie van der Dussen, but as soon as both hitters got out, the South African innings collapsed, hitting a paltry 88-run target for the hosts.
“The longer you hit, the lower it got, which created its own challenge and put aside the spin. It was a slightly different innings for me. It was quite a challenge to spend time and not worry about scoring”, said Markram.
“On the mental side of things, there are times in South Africa in sea-friendly conditions where you have to be brave and try something different. It’s the same here. And we had the chance to learn from how Pakistan played and saw that we must have the ability to support the defense even in circumstances that are starting to turn. It’s important we don’t make the same mistakes we did in previous tours, ”he said.
“What helped me was spending time in the middle and feeling like you can find a way to score,” he added.
The second test between Pakistan and South Africa starts on February 4 in Rawalpindi.
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