Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar, South Africa
Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar. (Photo: Getty Images)

South Africa Test captain Dean Elgar said that his side will have a big challenge in the series decider Test match against India in Cape Town.

South Africa rode on their skipper Dean Elgar’s coattails as the opener led the 240-run chase, the highest by any team at the Wanderers. Elgar deployed the resolute defensive game that saw him taking too many blows on his body but yet he remained unbeaten on 96 from 188 balls.

It is a step in the right direction: Dean Elgar on Johannesburg win against India

Elgar was awarded as the player of the match for his valiant knock as South Africa won by seven wickets with one day to spare. The three-match Test series is currently locked at 1-1.

Elgar said that their emphatic victory in Johannesburg will definitely boost the confidence of the players but said they cannot avert the challenges they will face in the series-decider clash.

It’s a positive move, no doubt and a step in the right direction. We’re still going to have challenging encounters coming our way and that includes the next Test that starts on Tuesday,” Elgar was quoted as saying by ‘Sports24’.

Dean Elgar
Dean Elgar. Credits: Twitter

We’re going to be pushed to different boundaries and how the guys respond to that is going to be important.

“However, we’re going in the right direction and it’s a confidence booster for a lot of the players in the squad,” he added.

We’ve got a relatively inexperienced squad: Dean Elgar

India is already looking to find their elusive Test series triumph in the Rainbow Nation and this could be their best opportunity given that South Africa is playing with their inexperienced side.

The Proteas are definitely missing the likes of AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel. All of them were part of the previous series against India at home, that they successfully won 2-1.

Elgar admitted that his side is relatively inexperienced in contrast to their counterparts but they have worked on where they need to improve and won’t have enough changes in their game plan for the Cape Town Test.

Kagiso Rabada picked up three quick wickets, South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day, January 5, 2021 © AFP/Getty Images
Kagiso Rabada picked up three quick wickets, South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day, January 5, 2021, © AFP/Getty Images

We’ve got a relatively inexperienced squad, but we still know that not everything is going to go our way. There were areas that we focused on and going into Cape Town, we’ll have to over-emphasise them again,” Elgar mentioned.

“We’ll have to be strict with our game plan, so we won’t be changing too much going into Cape Town with regards to our game plans,” he added.

India will play against South Africa in the third Test at the Newlands in Cape Town, the match begins on January 11. The three-match Test series is currently locked at 1-1.

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