In the third rescheduled ODI between South Africa and the Netherlands, Aiden Markram played a phenomenal knock, scoring 175 off 126 balls. Playing at No 4, Markram smashed 17 fours and seven sixes en route to his maiden ODI hundred. But what caught everyone’s attention was his cheeky praise of teammate Tabraiz Shamsi for his coaching.
Despite being well on his way to the first double-century by a South African in ODIs, Markram was caught by Fred Klaassen in the 46th over off Tom Cooper. He also joined David Miller (91) in scoring a stand of 199-run runs for the fifth wicket to lead the Proteas to a commanding 370/8 as South Africa won the match by 146 runs to secure the series 2-0.
During a post-match interview with Tabraiz Shamsi, Aiden Markram expressed gratitude to the left-arm spinner who coached him. Markram praised Shamsi for giving him tips that helped him play well during the match.
“Thank you, Shamsi. I took your tips today and played well. Thank you very much for coaching me. It was a good day for us as a team and an enjoyable day, a pink day to be a part of,” Markram said.
The South African team had a successful day, winning the match significantly and securing the series 2-0. The game was played as part of the Pink Day initiative, raising breast cancer awareness and funds.