Just when India was pacing the juggernaut of victory to crush South Africa, Heinrich Klaasen emerged. The man salvaged the Proteas in the second T20I match where they beat India by six wickets at SuperSport Park.
Klaasen's blitz of 69 off 30 balls, studded with seven sixes, helped South Africa sail through the drizzly match. He partnered Captain JP Duminy to set South Africa on the path of victory.
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As soon as South Africa registered a victory against India, Faf Du Plessis, the regular skipper in ODIs and Tests took to Twitter to praise his team:
When Klaasen kindled South African hopes:
‘Klaasie got us ahead of the game,' quoted JP Duminy after the win.
The wicket-keeper batsman who made his International debut after Quinton de Kock was ruled out of the ODI series due to an injury, was sent to bat at number 4 when it seemed that rain could hinder the game.
The decision turned out to be in favour of South Africa and he proved lethal for the pacers and India's spinner Yuzvenra Chahal.
Klaseen was playing on his home ground, that's what made the game even more special for him.
“Pretty special, especially at my home ground. It’s what you dream of as a young kid. Didn’t get such a surface last season with the Titans franchise. You’ve got to put the bowler under pressure,” Klaseen asserted after winning the man of the match for the second T20I against India.
Klaasen also starred SA's win in the pink ODI which was their only win during the ODI series against India.
With his stellar form and hitting ability, he might be the next big star in the IPL where franchises might be willing to bet some big stakes on him.
Who knows Klaasen may be roped in this edition if any of the overseas recruits get injured mid-way.