Prajakta Pawar in Jaipur
Tough to swallow loss after ton: de Kock
Lions’ centurion talks about the knock that almost took his side over the line
Excerpts from his interview:
Hard luck. A tough loss
It is always tough losing the game like that, and especially for someone who has scored a 100. If you score a 100, you want to win the game at the end. But that’s what happened though.
The match was precariously poised. When did you think the game went away from you?
I think we had it till about the 15th-16th over (of the Volts’ innings). But then they caught up and James Neesham played very well. We bowled to his strengths; we didn’t bowl to our game plan. But then that’s how it goes sometimes.
How do you feel about your knock, getting runs in the subcontinent and putting up a tough fight?
It feels good to score a hundred. I had a little bit of struggle here in the subcontinent. It feels good to get a little bit of reward for the work. I had worked very hard for it.
What was the atmosphere in the dressing room like coming into this match?
We had a slight chance maybe of going through, so we decided we would go full out here. And that’s what the boys did today.
What was the talk before the Super Over?
We just said to each other, ‘Just soak in the experience and just have fun out there.’
How do you sum up the tour and what have you learnt from it?
I think just adapting to different conditions will probably be one of the bigger things I have learnt.