Dean Elgar criticised heavily for complaining about hotels in India
Dean Elgar had hit a hundred in the first Vizag Test against India. (AP Photo)
- Fans slammed Dean Elgar for his comments over testing conditions in India
- Elgar had complained about Indian hotels and food ahead of the Ranchi Test
- Fans said Elgar was making excuses to hide his side's debacle in the Test series
South Africa crickter Dean Elgar has drawn flak from fans after the opener complained about the facilities served to the visting team during the ongoing 3-match Test series in India.
Speaking after a practice session in Ranchi ahead of the 3rd Test, Elgar had said, "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. They’re very streetwise and clever with touring teams, he had further said.
However, Elgar's comments over testing conditions in India did not go down well with the fans as they said, the South African was making excuses for his side's failure in the series. Some also reminded Elgar about India's tour of South Africa in 2017-18 where the tourists were asked to not use shower for more than two minutes owing to water crisis in Johannesburg.
This Guy Deserves A Better Bed To Cry On As WellChatil Panditasekara (@ChatilPandi) October 18, 2019
Excuses for failure are getting ready. This guy will take off once he reaches South Africa... complaining of hotel beds, food etc ... all but cricketing issuesManoj (@mgknair) October 18, 2019
So Indian food is the reason for not sighting turning balls by the SA team.@deanelgar@BCCI@SGanguly99 Please arrange proper food for the touring squads.#INDvSAAnurag Trivedi (@Thatcricketguy2) October 18, 2019
Somebody needs to remind @deanelgar that Cape Town hotel rooms gave Indian cricketers only two mins of time to take showers because of extreme water shortage.Amit Lakhani (@VeniVidiVici_08) October 18, 2019
The last time South Africa toured India in 2015, Elgar had also complained about Indian pitches after the Proteas lost the 4-match series 3-0. Elgar had said the pitches, especially in Pune, were not fit for cricket to be played.
India have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. The hosts won the first Test by 203 runs in Vizag and went on to better their performance in the next game, registering a comprehensive victory by an innings and 137 runs in Pune.