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IND vs SA LIVE: South Africa captain Dean Elgar admits, Jasprit Bumrah ‘biggest threat for Proteas in the test series’

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IND vs SA LIVE – Jasprit Bumrah Dangerous: South Africa captain Dean Elgar feels the Indian pace attack has improved immensely, especially in overseas. According to Elgar, Jasprit Bumrah is best placed to exploit the “spicy” conditions in the rainbow nation & will be the biggest threat for the host nation: Follow India vs South Africa 1st Test LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN

“He (Bumrah) is a world class bowler. If there is one bowler who can exploit South African conditions pretty well, it would be him. But again, we don’t focus on one guy. India as a whole is a pretty, pretty good side”, declared wary Elgar

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IND vs SA LIVE: Jasprit Bumrah the biggest threat for South Africa says Proteas Captain

India, who lost the series 1-2 back in 2018, are primed for their maiden Test series win in South Africa. Bumrah had made his Test debut in that series and has gone on to become one of the leading bowlers in international cricket.

“They’ve been a pretty good side for the last two to three years and have toured very well of late,” said Elgar, who was the only one alongside Virat Kohli to average more than 40 in the 2018 series.

Since than the home team has lost the likes of AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Faf Du Plessis, Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, who were all part of the 2018 series, retired from the game.

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“India has been an immensely improved bowling line up especially playing away from home as well. We’re very mindful of what we’re going to be up against.

“Being in South Africa I would like to think we’re a lot more accustomed to our home conditions. So I rather be sitting here knowing that than possibly sitting in the Indian dressing room knowing that they have to face our bowlers.”

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Elgar hopes the weather will clear up ahead of the first Test and expects pitches to have enough spice for the bowlers.

“There’s always a little bit of spice in South African wickets, especially in highveld region. I wouldn’t see too much change (from last series). If you apply yourself as a batter, if you nail down your skills and your disciplines, you can really score runs in Centurion.

“Again, with the ball in hand you can exploit the conditions if you got pace and bounce and if you got some skill and be a little patient from a bowling point of view,” he said when asked about the match up of both the pace attacks.

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Talking about the inexperience in the batting line-up, he said: “Professional cricket is about taking your opportunities and making the position your own…if they don’t, there’ll be other guys knocking on the door.

“But it’s always going to be tough playing against the best side in the world. They’ve got a very good bowling lineup and we are aware of it.”

On the return of Oliver, who had quit South Africa to play county cricket in the UK, said he has been received well by the players.

“There’s no bad feelings about what’s happened in the past. I want to win cricket matches and series for South Africa. I’m pretty sure I’ve got 100% backing when it comes to that.

“So, it’s nice to have him back. He’s learned a lot playing in the UK. And so he’s bringing a lot of knowledge and experience back into the change, which is something that we need at the moment.

“He is a match winner and if he can win cricket matches for us I’m all for having him back.”

Elgar is also disappointed that the series will be played in front of empty stands with the rise in COVID-19 cases in South Africa following the emergence of the Omicron variant.

IND vs SA Test: South Africa captain Dean Elgar picks Jasprit Bumrah as the most dangerous Indian pacer, says ‘He can exploit SA conditions’

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