South African skipper Dean Elgar was pretty happy after helping his team to a Test series win against a tough Indian team. South Africa won the second Test by seven wickets with Keegan Petersen winning the Man of the Match and the series. He scored 72 and 82 in the two innings of the Cape Town Test to ensure that his team ended up on the winning side.
After the game, Dean Elgar in his press conference was asked to give a reaction on how the Indian team reacted to his controversial DRS call. He said that the Indian side focused too much on his dismissal and forgot about the game in the process.
“It was maybe a team under a bit of pressure and things weren’t going their way, which they are quite used to of late [getting things to go their way]. It was a bit of Test match cricket pressure which gave us a little bit of a window period to score freer and chip away at the target.
“It played nicely into our hands that for a period of time, they forgot about the game and they were channelling a bit more of the emotional side of what Test cricket has to offer. I am extremely happy it happened that way” he said.
Dean Elgar had a fair share of words and banter with the Indian team but he spoke only on the behalf of his team. He said that he is pretty thick-skinned when it comes to banters and chit-chats and not a big believer of showing emotions on the field.
My Skin Is Pretty Think When It Comes To On-Field Matters: Dean Elgar
“My skin is pretty thick when it comes to on-field matters and matters that value the team in a big way. Now, being a lot more experienced, I’ve gained the kind of people skills that I lacked. I’d like to think it’s something I am still going to work on and grow as a human. The pressure situations are tough. Especially when you don’t have a bat in hand,” Elgar further said.
The two teams now face-off in a three-match ODI series with the first game two games to be played in Boland Park in Paarl (January 19, 21). The third and final ODI will be played in Cape Town.