3rd Test: Didn't expect to play Test cricket, says George Linde after 4-133

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Ranchi: South Africa spinner George Linde said he learnt his lessons during India's 497 for nine declared as he claimed four wickets on debut in the third Test yesterday. Linde returned figures of 4-133 with his left-arm spin, providing some support to paceman Kagiso Rabada who had put the hosts in early trouble at 39 for three on Day One. "I didn't expect to play Test cricket.

So when I got the call-up I was quite nervous but luckily I had a few days to just settle," the Cape Town-born Linde told reporters. "Today few lessons learnt, especially at the end, but I will take the four wickets on debut." Rohit Sharma, who made 212 - his maiden Test double ton and Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 115, put on 267 for the fourth wicket before Linde broke through.

Linde got Rahane caught behind in the morning session and then hurt the middle order with the wickets of Wriddhiman Saha, for 24, and Ravindra Jadeja, for 51. "Obviously, consistency is very important (in India)," said Linde. "We got it wrong on the leg side yesterday, today I was lot better, bit more on the off side."

Linde nearly got Rohit on 28 but Zubayr Hamza dropped a tough chance at forward short-leg and the bowler was not complaining. "Those catches, they stick or they don't. So unfortunately it wasn't our way, it was Rohit's," said Linde. "He played well, so well done to him." South Africa were nine for two at close on another shortened day due to bad weather, but Linde said, "Tomorrow is another day" and the team is up for the challenge come Monday.

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