SA vs IND: South Africa’s captain Dean Elgar extremely proud of his team;
SA vs IND: South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the third test at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday. The Proteas captain Dean Elgar said he couldn’t be more pleased of his squad.
“I’m quite ecstatic,” Elgar said after the Proteas won the series 2-1 after winning comeback. At the Wanderers and Newlands after losing the first match in Centurion.
“I think the trials we experienced and the individuals we have in the group,” Elgar responded when asked what turned the series around. To pull it off, you’ll need colossal characters. Our bowling squad has performed admirably throughout the series, particularly in the past two games.”
Elgar revealed that after Centurion, he issued a challenge to his players, and he was ecstatic with their answer. “We have a youthful, brilliant squad on our hands.” We don’t have much experience yet, but we’re working on it. It was inspiring to watch how a group without a large or well-known members could come together and perform as a unit. I’m not going to name individuals because everyone has contributed at crucial points in the series.”
“If you want to operate well in a high-performance environment, you’ve got to have some harsh discussions.” Elgar said when asked about his no-nonsense attitude as captain. I have an old-school mindset with a modern twist. I also challenged a number of veteran players to stand up and reply, and it was fantastic to see them do so. Getting buy-in from everyone is one of the most difficult jobs a captain faces, and they did an outstanding job.”
Elgar said that he was not taken aback by the triumph. “I’m already planning the next test series, and I realise we’re still a long way from being finished.” There are many positives heading into the upcoming season, but there are also some drawbacks that must be addressed. We must meet those problems in order to grow,” he concluded.
Elgar was pressed to comment on Keegan Petersen, whose three half-centuries earned him the man of the series award as well as the match award in Cape Town, despite his protests that he didn’t want to pick out people for praise.
“He’s been outstanding, particularly in his response to the first game. I’ve faced him in a lot of domestic cricket and have always knew he’s a fantastic player. He’s now in the mould of a great player, in my opinion. Of course, there’s always space for development, but I believe the world is his oyster right now.”