South African opener Aiden Markram backs the newly-appointed Test skipper Dean Elgar to achieve success leading the side as he has done with the bat.
Last week, Elgar and Temba Bavuma were announced as new permanent captains of the Test and limited-overs teams replacing wicket-keeper opener, Quinton de Kock, who was temporarily handed the reins when Faf du Plessis stepped down.
“I’m over the moon for Dean. He and I come a long way. We’ve been playing together for the past four to five years and he is a great leader. He is going to be a person who sets very high standards and will demand a lot from the players. Maybe that is something we will need going forward,” Aiden Markram, 26, said on Wednesday.
Elgar certainly won’t settle for anything below par: Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar have played a lot of domestic cricket together even before playing for South African. The right-hander, who scored a ton in the recent Rawalpindi Test against Pakistan, opines Elgar is not someone who will settle for ‘mediocrity’ and will demand his players to give their best every single time.
Aiden Markram, who is also touted to lead the Proteas in the future, is confident that both Elgar and Temba Bavuma will do a good job for their respective sides, and pull South African cricket out of the turmoil they currently are inside.
“His captaincy will be very similar to the way he bats. He certainly doesn’t throw in the towel and will demand a lot from his players in the sense of never giving up and always fighting tooth and nail for every inch to get ahead in the game.
“That’s how I see him taking over the team and he certainly won’t settle for anything below par and for mediocrity, which is great. I’m looking forward to his and Temba’s campaigns. It’s going to be super exciting. I wish him and Temba all the very best because they are great leaders and I know they’ll do a fantastic job for the country,” he added.
South Africa is scheduled to host Babar Azam’s Pakistan for 3 ODIs and 4 T20Is starting 2nd April. However, their next Test series is not planned as of yet after Australia pulled out of their tour last month citing covid concerns.