“Ashwin not a threat”: Dean Elgar makes controversial statement ahead of IND vs SA test series

South Africa’s red ball skipper Dean Elgar says his team is not much worried about veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ravi Ashwin has been in fine form lately and has picked up as many as 14 wickets in the two match test series against New Zealand at home. The 34-year-old off spinner recently overtook Harbhajan Singh’s record and became the third in the list of most wickets taken by an Indian cricketer in the longest format of the game. So far, Ashwin has played in 81 matches in which he has picked up 427 wickets. His best bowling figure in an innings is 7/59. He is just eight wickets short to go past Kapil Dev’s record of 434 test wickets.

But South African Skipper Dean Elgar doesn’t seem to be too worried about the 34-year-old spinner.

“I do not think Ravichandran Ashwin has had much success in South Africa which is okay for us. You cannot really compare to the success he has had against our batters in India because conditions are so different. We have to focus on our game plan, each player has been working on his individual game plan. It is important not to focus on just one player in their line-up,” said the Proteas red-ball skipper.

Ashwin hasn’t had much success in South Africa owing to pace friendly conditions in that part of the World.

However, he later applauded the Indian team. He said that team India have an immensely improved bowling line-up. But the Proteas skipper feels that they might take advantage of the home conditions.

“India has an immensely improved bowling line-up. As I mentioned earlier, we will be mindful of the fact that we will be up against a very good bowling attack. Being in South Africa, we will feel a lot more accustomed to our own conditions. Hopefully, we can use that to our advantage,” he said.