Get the app

India vs South Africa | Can't Compare Preps With 2015's Wickets Which Were a Farce: Dean Elgar

Elgar was going great guns till he tried to slog sweep Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara took a fantastic catch to give the spinner his 200th Test wicket in the post tea session of the third day.

IANS |October 4, 2019, 6:15 PM IST
India vs South Africa | Can't Compare Preps With 2015's Wickets Which Were a Farce: Dean Elgar

R. Ashwin might have finished with another five-wicket haul while Ravindra Jadeja became the fastest left-arm bowler to pick 200 wickets in Test matches, but the third day of the first Test between India and South Africa at the ACA-VDCA Stadium belonged to Proteas opener Dean Elgar.

Elgar smashed a brilliant 287-ball 160 on a wicket that not only provided Ashwin and Jadeja with turn, but the odd ball also jumped after hitting the crack.

Elgar was going great guns till he tried to slog sweep Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara took a fantastic catch to give the spinner his 200th Test wicket in the post tea session of the third day.

Speaking at the end of the day's play, Elgar said that it is really tough to bat in Indian conditions and he learnt from the experience he had on his last tour with the team.

"It's good to contribute once again. Playing in India is very tough. The last time I was here, I was very inexperienced. In those four years, I have grown a lot as a cricketer. I have played county cricket, which has helped," he pointed.

Asked on what he tried differently this time round, Elgar said: " If you want to use the last series against India in India. Don't think we should use those wickets because that was a farce. You need to defend well against spinners, because then you give yourself the best chance of attacking. County cricket with Surrey has helped a lot. Playing spin is something I have been conscious of, and you will face a lot of spin when coming to India. (Hitting the ball in the air) I think you have to find your strengths. That's a strength of mine, and thankfully it worked out in this game. Implementing those, and obviously on this wicket, which has played well."

Elgar also praised T20I captain Quinton de Kock for putting up a quality show and hitting a century. "I am extremely happy for Quinny. He's a bit of a genius in the way he goes about it. It's not a surprise he's got a 100 here. I think this is the start of a great career for Quinny," he said.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4659 119
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 England 4366 104
4 South Africa 3177 102
5 Australia 3270 99
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
see more