Extremely proud of this group of players that we have here – Dean Elgar after victory in the test series against India

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 Newlands, Cape Town to win the series 2-1.

Despite the loss of the caste, South Africa generally performed well in the match in all divisions. South Africa’s tempo battery consisting of Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi dominated, and they united India for 223 and 198 in two rounds.

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While hitting in their first innings, South Africa hit decently and scored 210 runs, and while chasing the goal of 212 runs, the Proteas batter did an excellent job, completing the hunt right after lunch on day 4.

Virat Kohli and Dean Elgar, (Photo Credit: Getty)

During the presentation of the Proteas’ captain after the match, Dean Elgar said that the Proteas team was thrown under the sword a few times during the test series against India, and they reacted brilliantly.

“Pretty elated. It will obviously sink in a day or two, maybe tonight. Really proud. We were thrown under the sword quite a few times this series and the guys responded excellently.

“It’s clear to come back after losing the first match, believing we could still win. Extremely happy. (On how things turned out) When you challenge your players, you need grades in the group , and the bowling unit has been excellent all series, ”said Dean Elgar.

I had posed a challenge after the first match and the boys answered brilliantly – Dean Elgar

Dean Elgar-Kagiso Rabada
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The 34-year-old revealed that he had posed a challenge after the loss in the first test and the players reacted brilliantly. He added that South Africa do not have big names but they play together as a group and he is extremely proud of the team.

“I had posed a challenge after the first match and the guys responded excellently. Helps to have a group that does not have any real big names, they like to come together and play as one. And that is crucial. Extremely proud of this group of players that we have here.

“Ultimately, if you want to operate at our performance levels, you need hard chats, and I’m a bit of an old-school mentality with a new-school twist. I posed a few challenges, even to some of the senior players. It was great to see the guys take my message on board, ”he said.

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

Dean Elgar feels that the Proteas team has grown a lot as a group in the last two Test matches against India.

It’s great to see the guys shop for you from a captain’s point of view. I think we as a closed group have helped each other feed each other. We have played as a unit and we have grown massively as a group in the last two tests.

“If you want to compete in test cricket and become No. 1 one day, you have to beat the best in the world. I’m really glad it went well for us. It could easily have gone wrong, and I would have had eggs in my face, ”he elaborated.

Dean Elgar further added that South Africa is by no means a “finished article” and he is already thinking about the next test series. Dean Elgar also praised Keegan Petersen for his sensational performance with the bat in the last test match against India in Cape Town.

“Like I said before, really proud of this group. We are by no means a finished article, I can tell you that. I’m already thinking about the next series. There are also some negative things that we need to work on. I think the way he (Petersen) reacted since the first match has been huge.

“He is always known as a good player and he has come into a great player form now and that is a lot to say for a player who has hardly played a handful of matches. He’s dominated domestic cricket for a while now and it’s great to see him do so well in the last two Tests. He is willing to learn and you need that kind of character, ”he maintained.

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