South Africa pacer Marco Jansen on Monday opened up on his altercation with India seamer Jasprit Bumrah during the Johannesburg Test. South Africa won the decider test against India to clinch the test series with 2-1.
South Africa will now lock horns with India in a three-match ODI series which will commence on 19th January in Paarl. Marco Jansen had displayed a spectacular show with the ball during the test series by finishing with 19 test wickets in the recently concluded test series against India.
“Obviously felt good to have gotten a chance in the test team & then to contribute to the team’s cause. I did not expect to do that well in the series. Very glad that we won the series by 2-1. India has not won a test series in our conditions, glad that we could maintain that record”, said Jansen during a virtual press conference.
“The first innings of the first test sums it up really well. I did not start the way I wanted to & I was very nervous. It is normal for every player to get nervous. Off the field, I am a chill guy, I am an introvert but when I am on the field, I want to express myself”. he added.
When Marco Jansen was asked about his aggressive nature on the field he replied, “I love this sport, I have wanted to play since I was a child, all the emotions show how much love & passion I have for the game. Obviously, I played with Jasprit Bumrah in the IPL, we are good friends but sometimes on the field gets heated”.
“You play for your country, you are not going to back down for anyone & obviously, he plays the same way as well. There are no hard feelings, it just happened in the heat of the moment”, he added.
When Jansen was asked about what would the ODI series against India mean, he replied, “Obviously we are taking momentum from the test series into the ODIs. But we are not underestimating India at all, India is one of the best teams in the world so we have to bring our A-game. We are looking to take the fight to them. We have to be as prepared as we can, a series win against India would be big”.