SA vs IND: ‘When KG’s got his tail up, there’s no better bowler than him’ says Elgar

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SA vs IND: ‘When KG’s got his tail up, there’s no better bowler than him’ says Elgar – Dean Elgar, South Africa’s Test captain, has disclosed that he spoke with pacer Kagiso Rabada after the first day of the ongoing Test series against India, adding that the conversation transformed the Proteas’ bowler’s approach.

Elgar made his comments after India lost by seven wickets to South Africa in the second Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Thursday. With 13 wickets in the present series, Rabada is the leading wicket-taker. “I approached KG (Kagiso Rabada) and told him, “You are a hugely respected cricketer in our group, and I don’t think you’re conducting yourself very well right now.” I’m well aware of KG’s capabilities. There’s no better bowler than KG when he’s got his tail up, and I’ve seen a lot of people who have been on this squad “Following the conclusion of the second Test against India, Elgar opened during a virtual press conference.

“It was a pleasant conversation. I can have those conversations with KG, and he is quite responsive. He takes it away, gives it time to analyse and think about it overnight, and then returns with a scenario for me the next day. He can be a little too relaxed at times, and he needs to realise how important his performance on the field and in the locker room” he added.

SA vs IND: When KG’s got his tail up, there’s no better bowler than him’ says Elgar

Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 96 to lead the hosts to a 7-wicket victory, bringing the three-match series against India to a 1-1 tie. Elgar and Bavuma guided South Africa home comfortably, with the captain striking the winning runs as the hosts levelled the three-match Test series at 1-1.

“KG bowled a spell that blew the game wide open for us. There was a spark in the dressing room, which could have been just what he needed to get into that area. We know it’s difficult to get the ball away from KG when he’s like that, but you want him on your side rather than the opposition’s. There were some wise words spoken, and I believe he has absorbed them. We’re hoping to get him back into that sweet spot for the next Test, because it will only benefit us “Elgar remarked.

“KG has that mindset, he has the will to bowl, and he wants to make a significant contribution. As a captain, you have to make use of that. As a result, seeing him fire was awe-inspiring” he added.

The third and final Test between India and South Africa will begin on January 11 in Cape Town.

(With ANI Inputs)

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