Cape City – Heinrich Klaasen revealed on Saturday that Proteas coach Mark Boucher requested for batsmen to not depend on skipper Quinton de Kock.
Klaasen smashed an unbeaten 123 off 114 balls as he steered the Proteas to a 74-run win in Paarl this previous weekend.
De Kock fell early on in South Africa’s innings at Boland Park for 15 because the Proteas seemed in bother on 48/three.
Klaasen and and David Miller shared a 149-run fifth-wicket partnership as South Africa ended on 291/7.
“This isn’t the Quinton de Kock present,” Klaasen, who was awarded man of the match for his maiden century, advised reporters on Saturday.
“He’s an unimaginable participant however we will not put all of the stress on him. The coach requested us if he would not rating runs, somebody must step up.
“The arduous chats that we have had has been for different guys to take it on the chin and man up and produce the numbers as properly.”
Klaasen credited Boucher for backing him and admitted that the previous Proteas wicketkeeper’s transfer from Titans to the nationwide aspect was tough for 28-year-old.
“It is all the time good to know that your coach backs you,” mentioned Klaasen.
“Our relationship modified when he received referred to as as much as the Proteas and that transition was tough for my cricket. I fell again to Albie Morkel and Jacques Rudolph, guys that I belief and know my recreation properly… I’ve additionally learnt loads from Dean Elgar and the way he performs his white ball cricket.
“It is good to know that the coach backs me, I all the time needed to do properly for him due to the connection we had and hopefully it continues.”
The Proteas take a 1-Zero sequence lead with the second ODI scheduled for Wednesday in Bloemfontein (13:00).
– Compiled by Lynn Butler