Tony de Zorzi struck a maiden century in international cricket during South Africa’s eight-wicket win over India in Tuesday’s second ODI at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
De Zorzi collected 119 not out from 122 deliveries, including nine fours and six sixes, as the Proteas successfully pursued a 212-run target with 45 balls to spare.
“It was a flood of emotions getting to the ton. Hopefully my mom is watching – and she is back from work,” said de Zorzi.
“A lot of stuff goes through your head when you get the century. You just want to thank the people that have been watching out for you and have backed you. Batting coach JP Duminy spoke to me about what they wanted from me and I tried to implement that.
“I think I am adaptable, decent at adapting to different conditions. Still need to get better, though. I will never forget a moment like this.”
Captain Aiden Makram added: “It was huge from Tony, who has only played a few ODIs. To be not out like that and to see the chase over the line is a special feat from him.
“I hope he enjoys it and the whole dressing room was in awe of him – the way he constructed the innings. Hopefully it is the first of many ODI tons for him.”
The result levelled the three-match series one-all. India won the series opener at the Wanderers in Johannesburg last week.
The third ODI will be played at Boland Park in Paarl on Thursday.
The Proteas and India will then meet for two Tests.