SA vs BAN 1st Test: Dean Elgar Unhappy With Bowlers’ Efforts
South Africa might have ended the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh on top, but Dean Elgar was not a very happy man when he interacted with the journalists at the end of the day. The hosts rode on Elgar and Hashim Amla’s centuries to post a commanding 496 for 3 (declared) before reducing the visitors to 127 for 3 to take a firm grip on the proceedings.
However, Elgar was not impressed with his team’s bowling as well as fielding displays and did not refrain from making his frustration clear.
“We are in quite a strong position but our bowlers didn’t really hit their straps, especially with the new ball,” Elgar said at the press-conference. “The new ball doesn’t last very long on this wicket as we’ve seen over the last two days.”
Elgar also took the blame for twice dropping Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj. The right-handed batsman was given a reprieve on 6 and 15 before being dismissed by Maharaj for 44.
“With the chances that Kesh created they might have been in more trouble. I was standing too close,” he said.
Elgar further expressed his disappointment over the misunderstanding that led to debutant Aiden Markram’s run-out as he fell just three runs short of a century.
“I should have hit it for four,” said Elgar. “I was bitterly disappointed. I would have loved to see Aiden get a hundred in his first Test innings and I am still angry about it.”
Elgar, who himself had a disappointing end to his brilliant knock as he was dismissed for 199, said that the double century would have been great but expressed his delight to lead South Africa’s revival with the bat after a series of failures in recent times.
“It would have been great for me to get a double hundred. It’s what you play for and it’s a massive milestone for me. But our batting unit has failed quite a bit lately and it was important for the senior guys to stand up. So I’ll take 199.”
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