Aiden Markram says the joy of his valiant century on Monday was overshadowed by another disappointing loss for the Proteas.
The South Africans were beaten by Pakistan by 92 runs in Rawalpindi, handing the hosts a 2-0 series triumph.
Markram kept the Proteas in the hunt with an important century that raised the hopes of spectators back home that the Proteas might reach the target of 370.
But, another batting collapse ensued, leaving a lot of question marks over the character of the Proteas group in pressure situations.
‘We are competitive people, so to lose a game and a series mean more than personal performances. There is a lot more hurt than satisfaction from my side,’ Markram said post-game.
‘It felt like there were stages where just when we started making progress and getting ahead, we would give it away. That’s where the hurt comes from. It’s time for us to take lessons and learn and to not make the same mistakes again.’
The Proteas slumped from 241-3 to 274 all out with Temba Bavuma batting well alongside Markram for the majority of the final day.
Hasan Ali was the chief destroyer after the lunch break, putting the new ball to good use and claiming figures of 5-60.
Markram acknowledged the string of collapses the Proteas have suffered throughout this series, admitting it led to the team’s downfall.
‘You have to appreciate the fact that we are in the sub-continent and getting in is really tough. The nature of the conditions often suggest that wickets will fall in clusters,’ he concluded.