Rilee Rossouw says that Dean Elgar’s sledging spurred him on to score his maiden ton for Hampshire.
The 27-year-old smashed 156 off 113 balls to lead his side to a four-wicket win over Somerset in the One Day Cup on Wednesday and Rossouw saluted his former Proteas teammate for inspiring him while he was still on nought.
‘It was like a switch went on and I started middling everything from there, so thanks Deano for that 156,’ said Rossouw.
‘I stayed in my bubble and didn’t let the chirps or the bowlers get to me,’ he told BBC Radio Solent.
‘I’m not going to say what was said, but it was something to do with the pound. It was a switch and from there, I just started hitting boundaries.’
The Kolpak signee, who joined Hampshire on a three-year deal in January, hit 24 fours and two sixes as Hampshire chased down 250.
‘I really, really enjoyed that knock, I’d say one of my best knocks,’ he said.
‘I’m just really happy to get over the line with my first hundred for the club.
‘I really hope this is the start of some great things to come for me and the club.’