Bangladesh is not ordinary team anymore: Dean Elgar
CRICDOT DESK : “Bangladesh is no longer the previous team, Bangladesh must be respected now,” said South Africa’s Test captain Dean Elgar. He said this ahead of the upcoming two-match Test series against Bangladesh. According to him, the Proteas will be under pressure against Bangladesh even if their team is confident in the Test series. Because Bangladesh is no longer the previous team.
Bangladesh dominated the three-match ODI series on South African soil. The three-match series was won 2-1. Elgar, the South African Test captain, is wary of Bangladesh’s performance in the ODI series. At a press conference, he said, “We know that Bangladesh is no longer the previous team. This new team is full of western coaches. It has definitely changed the mindset of the team about how to play in South Africa. ‘
Russell Domingo, the current head coach of Bangladesh, was the coach of South Africa from 2013 to 2016. Also on the Bangladesh coaching panel are Alan Donald of South Africa, Jamie Siddons of Australia and Shane McDermott. Many top cricketers have dropped out of the Test series against Bangladesh to play in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Star pacers like Kagiso Rabada, Enrich Norty, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Johnson are not in the squad for the series against Bangladesh.
However, Elgar hinted at fighting with those who are there, ‘We don’t have a lot of cricketers with us because of the IPL. But now we have to arrange the team with the best people. I’m still pretty confident. Many members of the regular Test team are not with us this time. But for those who have, this is their best chance. They also have the opportunity to put pressure on the cricketers who are out of the team. ‘
The Test series will start on March 31 in Durban. The second and final Test of the series will be played on April 6 in Port Elizabeth. Despite not being in the ODI team, Elgar suffered a series loss to Bangladesh at the South African series, ‘I think many have suffered in what has happened in ODI cricket. I was not in the ODI team, but I still suffered from the results of the series. So the appetite for doing good among the cricketers of the team is working. ‘