How Elgar placed a rocket under ‘too relaxed’ Rabada


Dean Elgar has revealed what he said to Kagiso Rabada after opening day of the Wanderers Test, which brought the best out of the Proteas fast thrower.

Rabada went wicket-less on day one, but finished with seven as South Africa claimed a famous seven-wicket victory over India to tie the Test Series.

During the post-match press conference, Elgar – whose 96 * saw him named Match of the Match – said he faced Rabada after the match on Wednesday.

“I went to see KG and I said to him, ‘You are an immensely respected cricketer in our squad and at the moment I don’t think you are behaving extremely well,” said Elgar.

“I know what KG is capable of. When KG lifted his tail, there was no better pitcher than him and I met quite a few guys who were on this team.

“It was a good conversation. I can have these conversations with KG and he responds extremely well. He takes it off, he lets it process and thinks about it overnight and then he comes back the next day with a script for me.

“It was he who came to me [later on] and said what we talked about: I hit the nail on the head.

When asked what his problem was with Rabada, Elgar said: “He can be a little too relaxed at times and he has to understand that his performance on the pitch and his performance in the locker room is huge.”

Rabada also lifted his game when a catch offered by Ajinkya Rahane was missed by Aiden Markram and Keegan Petersen at the start of Matchday 3.

“I think that gave him a lot of stimulation as well and you can almost feel that intensity on the pitch,” Elgar said. “He was so focused and focused on his job at hand. And every time I asked him, do you want one more, he just told me he was bowling now.

Rabada went on to take three wickets in 11 deliveries under a long run, and is now the main wicket taker in the series, with 13 at 19.61.

“KG has that attitude, and he has the desire and he wants to bowling and he wants to contribute in a massive way,” Elgar said. “I mean, you have to use it as a captain. So it was great to see him shoot.

“I think he performed. He understood his value within the group.


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