Klassen, who was called for the place of Wicket-keeper in the team as Quinton De Kock was out of the team due to the injury, made his day on the pink ODI against India. He made 47 runs off 29 balls to encounter the spin attack and cruise the team towards the first win against India in the six ODI series.
This tall wicket-keeper, who walks like Guptill was not expected to play for the team a year ago. He was accommodated into the team due to the injury of Faf Du Plessis. He was given the opportunity as a keeper due to the absence of Quinton De Kock in the team due to the injury in the finger.
Klassen made his debut in the second ODI against India and his second match was the pink ODI. When the Indians set a winning target of 290 runs, rain caused interruption to the match and the time was truncated to 28 overs. The winning target was fixed to 202 runs. By that time, the Indian pacers Bhuvi and Bumrah finished four overs each and by that time the team lost a wicket in the hands of Bumrah.
Then entered De Villiers, gave a short but terrific answer to Chahal by 26 runs off 18 balls with two sixes over mid-wicket. The one-dayer turned to a T20 due to rain by the time the team’s score is 46 of 1 wicket.
When DeVilliers and Miller got dismissed, the team seemed to be in a dangling condition but Klassen worked to rebuild the innings through the middle order was shaky. Speaking about his classy shots, Klassen said:”I can’t describe it but for me, that was my only boundary option.”
Klaasen added, explaining the shot that turned a wide ball by Chahal into the boundary, “He bowled quite wide and got a lot of turn and bounce. That was my gutsy shot at that moment, and I pulled it off.”
Speaking about how they worked on to encounter the spin attack and learn the sweep shots, he said, it is hard for the South Africans to pick the things up and they worked hard on it. He said he felt that he focussed on playing for the country but not about scoring runs or hundreds, as this victory stands as a massive one for the hopes of the team in this series.
Experts say that he did his best to make his place steady in the team and need not look back.