Temba made 35 off 117 balls © AFP
Temba Bavuma made 35 off 117 balls © AFP

New Delhi: South Africa opener Temba Bavuma believes that his skipper Hashim Amla has set the benchmark on how to survive as they managed to sustain the pressure put by Indian spinners on the fourth day of the final cricket Test. Amla’s dogged unbeaten 23 off 207 balls took South Africa to 72 for 2 in 72 overs as the visitors look to avoid the ignominy of a 3-0 series defeat. Asked if they have managed to rattle the in-form Indian spinners, 25-year-old Bavuma replied, “I wouldn’t say rattled, but we have managed to sustain the pressure that they put on us. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015 4th Test at Delhi

In all fairness, this wicket was better than all the other three wickets. I didn’t play in the other three matches but from the side, this one was better. We have managed to hold them back and hopefully tomorrow we can carry on with the same.”  For him, the other batsmen will have to follow the Amla-AB model of defending although it will be tough to defend for another 90 overs.

“It s a tough ask. Asking the guys to bat out 90 overs! It will be Day 5, so you re expecting the wicket to deteriorate even more. But we have the experience and we have the skill. Whatever happens we ll be going down fighting. Hashim has laid down his mark. AB s also there and we still have Faf (du Plessis) and Dane Vilas. So we ll definitely be carrying the spirit into tomorrow and trying our best to try and salvage a draw out of this game,” said the pint-sized opener. Full Cricket Updates: India vs South Africa 2015 4th Test, Day 4 at Delhi

On personal front, he feels that his 34 off 117 balls has been his toughest examination in his nascent Test career. “That was the toughest piece of batting I have had to do in my life. I always try to be positive and I always try to look to score runs. When I was put in a situation where the runs weren t the priority but the amount of time you batted out there was the key thing. That was tough for me,” added Bavuma.

Although he is a middle-order batsman, he is ready to do any job for the team, especially with the England series coming up at home. “I m keen to do more of the opening job. I always pride myself on being a team player. So wherever the opportunity is or wherever the team feels I can fulfil a role, I ll do it. So, if I m asked to bat No 7, I ll do that. If I m asked to open I ll do that as well,” he said.  ALSO READ: Umesh Yadav: South Africa cannot last Day 5 by just blocking

Bavuma said that defending is not his style of batting and it becomes very difficult when one needs to change it. “I m always trying to be positive and looking to score, especially against spinners. When you have to go against your natural instinct then that s the toughest thing. In this match, it is not about the runs bit all about time. Batting time in a Test match is the main thing, said Bavuma.

Batting on a fifth day track with a number of close-in fielders is not an easy task, Bavuma said. “The guys make quite a lot of noise around there. They re known for their theatre around the bat. They re always trying to put you under pressure and force you to play out of character. That comes with the game. It makes it a bit more enjoyable.” ALSO READ:Murali Vijay fined 30 per cent of match fee for showing dissent in India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

For him the tour of India has been an enriching experience. “It s been great. I ve certainly been taken out of my comfort zone. I have been asked to fulfil a job that s very hard. Opening is not the easiest thing. The experience has been great. I can take a lot of strides out of it. Hopefully, I can grow to higher levels from this experience, he concluded.