New Zealand batsman Jeet Raval was disappointed as well as satisfied even after missing out an opportunity to score maiden Test century as he helped his team to take a lead in the first innings of the third and final Test against South Africa on Monday.
In the Hamilton test, the Black Caps finished the moving day with 321/4 and a lead of 7 runs, with the help of an unbeaten knock of 148 by their skipper Kane Williamson. Raval made a partnership of 190 runs with his skipper for the second wicket, but unfortunately, he got out for 88 as his quest for a maiden Test ton goes on.
Raval made his debut against Pakistan in November and since then he has scored 5 fifties in 12 innings still didn’t reach his hundred. Talking about the same during the press conference at the end of day’s play, Raval said, "Disappointed not to kick on and get a big score, but it was nice to contribute towards a big partnership and move the game forward. It puts us in a good position leading into day four and hopefully, we can build some good partnerships again, with a few more wickets to go, then put some early pressure on South Africa when they come out to bat.”
He further added, "It's tough - it's not supposed to be easy. It's called Test cricket for a reason, it's mentally challenging and when you do well it's rewarding because you know you had to work hard for your wickets or your runs.”
The southpaw concluded by praising the South African bowling attack, he said, “It's a world-class bowling attack. You're made to work hard for every single run. It's tough ... it's mentally challenging, but at the same time it's rewarding as well. To bat for that long, to come out with that partnership but more importantly to put the team where we are is satisfying."