Mudassar Nazar welcomes Elgar in his 199 Club

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Bipin Dani

Observer Correspondent

Mumbai

Former Pakistani cricketer Mudassar Nazar has welcomed the new entrant Dean Elgar in his 199 Club.
The South African opener was dismissed for 199 runs on the second day of the Test match against Bangladesh (at the Senwes Park, Potchefstroom)
Incidentally, the Pakistani opener was the first member of the Club, which has India’s Mohammad Azharuddin (batsman with most hundreds but never double century), and KL Rahul, Australia’s Mathew Elliott (Ashes Test), Steve Smith and Steve Waugh, Sanath Jayasuriya (scored 340 runs in the previous Test) and Kumar Sangakkara (stranded on 199 runs) (both Sri Lanka), England’s Ian Bell (caught and bowled), Pakistan’s Younis Khan (run out) and Zimbabwe’s Andy Flower (first batsman to be unbeaten on this score) as other members.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from the National Cricket Academy in Lahore (where he is a coach), the 61-year-old Mudassar Nazar said, “I welcome him (Dean Elgar) with open arms. Poor guy will reflect on it for rest of his life”.
“When you look at the elite brand of players who have this distinction then you feel lucky to be part of them and if all these players lost concentration then it proves all of us are human”.
Your advice to the new entrant ? : “I was absolutely distraught. Having come so near. You try and console yourself that be happy you at least scored a century. But believe me it still comes back to haunt you”.
“Depends on individuals. Some may be happy they got so far (reaching to 199 runs) but I certainly felt disappointed”, Nazar signed off.
Sadly, both the openers- Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram, who were out in Nervous Nineties in the first innings could not score more than 18 and 15 runs respectively in the second innings.