Always a good learning curve coming to India: Elgar

back icon
safari
17 Oct 2019 | 08:25 AM
authorPTI

Always a good learning curve coming to India: Elgar

The South African opener will look to be among the runs as the Proteas seek a consolation win at Ranchi

heart

Share

South Africa opener Dean Elgar says he got “stretched” as a cricketer and learned a lot more about himself during what has been a humbling India tour, part of which included visiting “smaller places and staying in hotels” not that good. After managing a 1-1 draw in the T20 series, South Africa suffered big defeats in the first Two Tests of the three-match rubber against a dominant outfit led by Virat Kohli. 

“It’s a challenging tour. You get stretched as a person, you get stretched as a cricketer, I think you get to know yourself quite a lot as a person when you come to the smaller places where the hotels are maybe not as good, and you get challenged on the field,” Elgar said. 

“It’s always a good learning curve coming to India.” 

The introduction of the World Test Championship (WTC) means South Africa still have “quite a lot to play for” in the third Test despite conceding the series, Elgar said. “Back in the day it was always a bit of a dead rubber game but now with the World Test Championships around, we still have points to play for,” Elgar said. 

“We can still get 40 points by following our process against India in the last Test. That’s something we can’t neglect going into this game. There is still a lot to play for,” he added. 

Elgar, who became the first South African batsman to score a hundred in India after nine years during the opening Test, said the Proteas batsmen will have to go back to the basics to tackle the Indian bowlers in the final game. “It’s no secret that it’s been a bit of a challenge for all of us. We haven’t played our greatest cricket, consistent cricket. But we are trying to be positive. The senior players are trying to keep the guys motivated. We are still representing our country which is an immensely proud moment for every player. 

“We still motivate everyone within our squad. It has been a challenging few weeks but it’s still not too gloomy for us. We are upbeat, the morale in the camp is still very good. 

“We still have one game and we can actually change quite a lot. We are still pretty hopeful and pretty positive going into the last Test,” he asserted. 

The comprehensive victories have consolidated India’s position in the WTC table, even as the struggling South Africa batsmen surrendered yet again. India now have 200 points in their kitty, a handsome 140 points away from nearest rival New Zealand. “Hope we score a lot of runs. In the second Test, we forgot a few basic things we did in the first Test.”

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Dean ElgarSouth AfricaSouth Africa in India 2019

Related Articles

safari
OPINION
WTC Qualification Scenarios: India well placed after Brisbane win
A win at the Gabba puts India in a commanding position for the WTC final. Same is not true for Australia
userSomesh Agarwal
20 Jan 2021
safari
OPINION
Time for Dean Elgar to step up
He is one of the mainstays of the South African Test batting line-up but the left-handed opener hasn't been at his best of late
userHardik Worah
11 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
Elgar shows interest in becoming South Africa's Test captain
With a three-Test series scheduled against the West Indies in July, CSA is still figuring out the Test captaincy conundrum
userPTI
25 May 2020
safari
ANALYSIS
How safely placed are India in the WTC rankings?
With a whitewash in New Zealand and a tough last two series to follow, what seemed like a straightforward entry into the final of the first World Test Championship (WTC) is now a game of probabilities.
userSomesh Agarwal
21 Mar 2020
safari
NEWS
India consolidate top spot in WTC rankings after 2-0 series rout of Bangladesh
India, who are yet to drop a point in the nine-team championship, reached 360 points after the comprehensive innings victory in the pink-ball Test
userPTI
24 Nov 2019
safari
NEWS
Rohit reaches career-best 17th in ICC Test Rankings
India have gained 40 points in the ICC World Test Championship table after the win at Visakhapatnam
userPTI
07 Oct 2019
safari
NEWS
Playing county cricket has helped me play spin better: Elgar
Elgar made 160 off 287 balls, leading South Africa’s fightback on day three
userPTI
04 Oct 2019
safari
ANALYSIS
South Africa fights back with twin hundreds from Elgar and De Kock
Both scored their first hundreds on Indian soil
userSomesh Agarwal
04 Oct 2019
safari
NEWS
World Test Championship will add context to five-day game: Kohli
The Championships will get underway on August 1
userPTI
29 Jul 2019
safari
ANALYSIS
All you need to know about ICC World Test Championship
The World Test Championship (WTC) will get underway with The Ashes from August 1
userICC Media Release
29 Jul 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved