IPL auction is not in my mind: South Africa batter Rilee Rossouw after smashing ton in 3rd T20 against India

The right-handed batter also said that it was nice to see Quinton de Kock get his form ahead of the T20 World Cup.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 05 October 2022 05:18 PM

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An unbeaten 100 by Rilee Rossouw propelled South Africa to a comprehensive win against India on October 4 (Tuesday) to finish the T20I series on high note. After two horrific outings in first two T20 internationals, Rossouw registered his maiden hundred in the format at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

While batting first, South Africa lost skipper Temba Bavuma (3 off 8) in 4.1 overs, Rilee Rossouw (100 off 48) and Quinton de Kock (68 off 43) stitched crucial partnership to post mammoth 227/3 in first innings. The 22-year-old right-handed batter Tristan Stubbs (23 off 18) and David Miller (19 off 5) too made valuable contribution in the game. Amidst this brilliant knock, Rilee Rossouw confessed that IPL auction was the last thing he thought of during his Tuesday innings.

"As a professional sportsman you are going to have bad times. It is just about backing yourself and having the confidence in your ability no matter what type of form you are in. The auction is not in my control. It was not even on my mind. I was just trying to get one run tonight first. It panned out pretty well for me," said the left hander on a lighter note.

"Had a chat with our assistant coach. Confidence plays a big part in scoring runs," Rossouw said at the post-match press conference. He further confessed that he always believes in his ability and has demonstrated his abilities all around the park. "I have shown it throughout the world. It is never a confidence issue for me, it is just form," added Rossouw.

The right-handed batter also said that it was nice to see Quinton de Kock get his form ahead of the T20 World Cup. The batter also admitted that the whole team stands behind the skipper who is going through a lean phase with the bat. "I don’t think it’s affecting the team. We spoke about it. If someone is going to have a good day, they can carry weight off someone who is not in great form. It takes one knock and Temba can in the form of his life going into the world cup," he concluded.

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