SA v IND: “Please bowl him a little early in the next match…”- Irfan Pathan’s special plan to dismiss Dean Elgar


Dean Elgar & Irfan Pathan (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Former Indian veteran all-rounder Irfan Pathan questioned the team’s strategy against former South African captain Dean Elgar in the opening Test of the two-match series in Centurion. Playing in his last series after announcing his retirement, the 36-year-old blew away India’s bowling with a brilliant inning of 185 runs off 287 balls.

His innings gave the host team a huge lead of 163 runs in the first innings. Due to his innings, South Africa had to bat only one innings in the test match. South Africa won the match Winning by an innings and 32 runs, they took a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series.

While talking to Star Sports after that match, Irfan Pathan said that Dean Elgar is weak against the short pitch ball and he is not able to score runs easily there. But the Indian bowlers could not take that advantage against them.

Please bowl short pitch balls to Dean Elgar a little sooner in the next match – Irfan Pathan

Pathan said, “Elgar has trouble against short pitch balls. When he was batting at 60-70 runs, you bowled him short balls. In the next match, please bowl them short balls quickly. He was out on short balls 4 times against Australia. I also talked about it in the commentary. You have to bowl very well in the second match to level the series.”

Let us tell you that, this was Elgar’s 14th Test century in 85 matches and his second century against India, his batting average in 14 Test matches against India was 43.30. With Temba Bavuma injured, the left-handed batsman will captain South Africa in the second Test starting on January 3 in Cape Town.

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