Merely looking to survive when he came in to bat, young South African batsman Quinton de Kock said the lack of zing in the Indian pace attack helped him ease to a man-of-the-match winning hundred in the opening match of the three-match series in Johannesburg.
The 20-year-old, who shone in front of his home crowd including his family, scored his second ODI hundred to help South Africa pile up 358/4, which the Indians failed to chase and crashed to a 141-run defeat.
"They bowled a bit short. If they had bowled fuller lengths, maybe there was a chance of nicking it. But you cannot compare the Indian bowlers with the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel", said de Kock, taking care not to sound disrespectful.