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Boucher lauds Petersen after Proteas’ series win against India

“The way he’s come through this series, I’m lost for words. In a big series against big players. I’m very happy for him.”

Boucher said the thoroughly absorbing series ranks “up there” with other hard fought triumphs for the Proteas over formidable opposition.

“The whole series was hard fought and some good cricket was played. It has to be one of the best Test series — certainly in SA.”

It was SA’s first come-from behind win in a three-Test series since they downed the West Indies here in the 2007-08 season. India, however, are the real deal and arrived here the world’s top-ranked Test team.

Boucher lauded the character his team showed.

“It doesn’t surprise me. You have Dean, he is that sort of character. You have Temba [Bavuma] as vice-captain who is the same. He is a fighter. Both stood up with their own games,” said Boucher who reminded his team lost three tosses.

“A lot of people, including the media, wrote us off. You have to put this in perspective where we are and where India is. India is probably the best Test team in the world. We won’t take this for granted.

“Some youngsters came through nicely. They will take a lot of confidence from this win. It was hard, hard Test cricket.”

Elgar said he remained sanguine, even after SA went one-nil down at Centurion.

“I had lot of hope going into the second and third Tests. I laid down a lot of challenges to senior players. Challenging the players and we needed characters to do this. The guys responded brilliantly. This is a proper unit we operated in.”