'Dropping Rohit On 28 Was Unfortunate', Says George Linde

George Linde accepted that it was unfortunate that that Zubayr Hamza dropped Rohit Sharma’s catch off his bowling when the opener was batting on 28

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South Africa’s rookie spinner George Linde accepted that it was unfortunate that that Zubayr Hamza dropped Rohit Sharma’s catch off his bowling when the opener was batting on 28. Rohit went to score a his maiden Test double hundred to put team India in a commanding position as skipper Virat Kohli declared their first innings at 497/9. South Africa were 9 for 2 when bad light stopped play.

"Those catches they stick or they don't. Unfortunately, it wasn't our way, it was Rohit's. He played well, so well done to him," said Linde.

"He (Rohit) played well. He gave us that one chance, it wasn't easy and after that he didn't give a chance," Linde said.

Linde, who bagged 4 wickets on Day 2, was called up to the Proteas squad to replace injured Keshav Maharaj for the final test vs India.

"It's been lessons to be honest. Also I didn't expect to play Test cricket. This year I didn't expect to come back to play the Test series. So when I got the call-up, I was quite nervous," Linde said.

"Luckily, I had a few days to just settle. And today few lessons learnt especially at the end."

"Obviously, it was a bad start. It's not the way we wanted it to go but tomorrow is another day. We were positive. Guys were smiling in the dressing room, so we are ready for tomorrow. We are not going to sit back and relax, we are going to go forward and try to take the challenge on," he concluded.