South Africa Test skipper Dean Elgar has
revealed that he had a chat with pacer Kagiso Rabada after the opening day of
the just concluded Johannesburg Test against India which they won by 7 wickets.
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Elgar said after that chat approach of the
South African pacer has changed towards the match. Elgar’s remarks came after
South Africa handed India a seven-wicket defeat in the second Test against
South Africa at the Wanderers, Johannesburg on Thursday.
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Rabada is currently leading the
wicket-takers’ tally in the ongoing three-match Test series, with 13 scalps.
“I went up to KG (Kagiso Rabada) and I said to him, you are an immensely
respected cricketer within our group and at the moment I don’t think you are
conducting yourself extremely well. I know what KG is capable of. When KG’s got
his tail up, there’s no better bowler than him and I have experienced quite a
few guys who have been part of this team,” said Elgar during a virtual
press conference after the second Test against India came to an end.
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“It was a good chat. I can have those
chats with KG and he responds extremely well. He takes it away, he lets it
process and thinks about it overnight and then he comes back the next day with
a scenario for me. He can sometimes be a little bit too relaxed and he needs to
understand that his performance on the field and his performance in the
change-room is huge,” he added.
Elgar, Bavuma led South Africa to victory
Elgar and Bavuma comfortably took South
Africa home with the captain fittingly scoring the winning runs. Elgar played a
crucial knock scoring an unbeaten 96 to take the hosts to a seven-wicket win,
chasing down a 240-run target. The series is now levelled at 1-1.
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“KG – that spell he bowled, broke the
game open for us. There was a bit of a spark in the dressing room, maybe it was
what was needed in order to get him into that space. and we know when KG is
like that it’s difficult to get the ball away from him but also you want him on
your side rather than the opposition team. There were fair words that were said
and I think he’s taken it on board and we’re hoping we can get him into that
sweet spot again for the next Test because it can only bode well for us,”
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“KG has got that attitude, and he’s
got the want and he wants to bowl and he wants to contribute in a massive way.
I mean, you have to utilise that as a captain. So it was awesome to see him
fire,” he added.
The series decider will now be played in
Cape Town beginning January 11.