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South African captain Elgar shouted, said – we have a heavy hand against India

Highlights

  • First Test match between India and South Africa at Centurion from Sunday
  • Challenge for Team India to beat South Africa in Test at home
  • South Africa captain Dean Elgar gave this statement a day before the match

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South Africa are well aware that India have had successes overseas in the recent past but their captain Dean Elgar believes their team has the upper hand in the three-Test series starting Sunday at home. Will be a bit heavy.

India defeated Australia 2-1 on their soil earlier this year and qualified for the final of the World Test Championship where they lost to New Zealand.

Not only this, India had taken a 2-1 lead in four matches in England when the fifth Test was postponed due to Covid-19 cases. Elgar said on the eve of the first Test at Centurion, “It’s pretty much a level match. We are playing on the home grounds which will give us a bit of an edge. His team is number one in the world. We can’t see it that way. As a cricket lover, my assessment is that their team has been doing well for some time now.

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“You can’t take away the credit for what he did recently,” Elgar said. That’s why I am not here to say that his team is not the best in the world because the ranking system also matters. But there is no denying the fact that we are playing at our home turf so that we are in a better position before entering the series.

Their fast bowlers played a key role in India’s success and Elgar also believed that the visiting team’s fast bowlers could take advantage of the fast and bouncy South Africa’s pitches.

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Elgar said, ‘At this point of time his strong side is his bowling. We are well aware of this. They have achieved a lot of success as a bowling unit. They have very experienced bowlers who also have good bowlers to support them. With the match being in South Africa, I am sure their bowling attack will take advantage of the conditions well. Knowing that we also have fast bowlers and we will get some momentum and bounce and the wicket can help them a bit.

India are yet to win the Test series in South Africa and Virat Kohli’s team would like to be the first team to achieve the feat. “We are well aware of this (India’s success in Australia and England),” Elgar said. He has greatly improved his record overseas.

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