South African opener Aiden Markram admitted that he is nor a finished product yet and cannot become one either all of a sudden.
He also said that for every batsman, the first 20-30 balls are of utmost importance while facing opponents in the sub-continent.
His comments come after Pakistan defeated South Africa in the first Test of South Africa’s Pakistan tour, claiming a comprehensive win.
“By no means am I all of a sudden a finished product. It’s a small step in the right direction. That’s how I am trying to see it. There’s still a lot of learning and growing in conditions like these. From a satisfaction thing, there is a bit I can take from this knock, a little bit of confidence. I would have loved to kick on,” Aiden said.
“It’s generally very difficult for a new batter to get in. It’s something we’ve highlighted on previous tours to the subcontinent and on this tour. So (as a batsman) your first 20-30 balls are vital. It’s generally tough to get in against a spinning ball,” he added.
Markram could not deliver an impactful performance during the first innings of the visitors. However, he played a vital knock of 74 runs in their second innings.
“The longer you batted, the lower it got which posed its own challenge, putting spin aside. It was a slightly different innings for me. It was quite a challenge to accept spending time and not worrying about scoring,” he said.
“On the mental side of things, there are times in South Africa in seamer-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 need to have the ability to back defence even in conditions that start to turn. It’s important that we don’t make the same mistakes we’ve made in previous tours.”
Pakistan and South Africa completed their first Test on January 29 at the National Stadium in Karachi. The teams will now lock horns in their second Test commencing February 4 in Rawalpindi.