Dean Elgar-led South Africa National Cricket Team won the third Test match of the three-match Test series against Virat Kohli-led India National Cricket Team by 7 wickets at the Newlands, Cape Town to clinch the series by 2-1.
Despite losing the toss South Africa overall performed well in the match in all the departments. South Africa pace battery consisting of Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi dominated and they bundled out India for 223 and 198 in two innings.
While batting in their first innings South Africa batted decently scoring 210 runs and while chasing the target of 212 runs the Proteas batters did an excellent job and completed the chase just after lunch on Day 4.
During the post-match presentation Proteas captain, Dean Elgar said that the Proteas side was thrown under the sword a few times during the Test series against India and they responded brilliantly.
“Pretty elated. Obviously will sink in a day or two, maybe this evening. Really proud. We were thrown under the sword quite a few times this series and the guys responded brilliantly.
“Obviously, to bounce back after losing the first game, to believe that we could still win. Extremely happy. (On how things turned around) Challenging your players, you need characters within the group and the bowling unit has been excellent all series,” Dean Elgar stated.
I had put up a challenge after the first game and the guys responded brilliantly – Dean Elgar
The 34-year-old revealed that he had put up a challenge after the loss in the first Test and the players responded brilliantly. He added that South Africa doesn’t have big names but they play together as a group and he is extremely proud of the team.
“ I had put up a challenge after the first game and the guys responded brilliantly. Helps to have a group that doesn’t have any real big names, they like to rally together and play as one. And that’s crucial. Extremely proud of this group of players that we have here.
“ Ultimately, if you want to operate at our performance levels, you need tough chats and I’m a bit of old-school mentality with a new-school twist. I laid a few challenges, even to some of the senior players as well. It was great to see the guys take my message on board,” he said.
Dean Elgar feels that the Proteas team have grown a lot as a group in the last two Test games against India.
“It’s great to see the guys buying in to you from a captain’s point of view. I think us as a closed group, has helped us to feed off each other. We’ve played as a unit and we’ve grown massively as a group in the last two Tests.
“If you want to compete in Test cricket and be no.1 someday, you have to beat the best in the world. I’m really happy that things went well for us. Could easily have gone wrong and I’d have had egg on my face,” he elaborated.
Dean Elgar further added that South Africa by no means are a “ finished article” and he is already thinking about the next Test series. Dean Elgar also lauded Keegan Petersen for his sensational performance with the bat in the final Test match against India in Cape Town.
“As I said earlier, really proud of this group. We’re by no means a finished article, I can tell you that. I’m already thinking of the next series. There are some negatives also that we need to work on. I think the way he (Petersen) responded since the first game has been immense.
“Always known as a good player, he’s gotten into a great player mould now and it’s a lot to say for a player who has hardly played a handful of games. He has dominated domestic cricket for a while now and it’s great to see him do so well in the last two Tests. He’s willing to learn and you need characters like that,” he maintained.
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