It Has Been A Challenging Tour For Us – Dean Elgar
South Africa’s opening batsman Dean Elgar stated that it has been a challenging tour for them in India. The visitors were able to draw level the T20I series but nothing has gone their way since then in the Test series so far. They had their moments in the first Test match when Elgar and Quinton de Kock scored centuries but apart from that, it has been a one-way story.
Elgar who has the skills to dig in deep believes it is always a challenge to perform in the Indian conditions. However, the southpaw batsman also thinks that India’s tour helps a cricketer improve as a player as he gets stretched as a person and also as a cricketer.
You get stretched.
The left-hander added that it is always a good learning curve to come to India.
“It’s a challenging tour,” Elgar said. “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. It’s always a good learning curve coming to India.”
India has already taken an impregnable lead of 2-0 in the series. However, with the introduction of the , the final Ranchi Test is not going to be a dead rubber. The Proteas will have 40 points to play for and would like to get on the points table.
We have all to play for.
“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.
It has been a tough tour for the South African side but they need to make a solid comeback in the final Test. Elgar who scored a fine knock in the first Test added that the senior players are trying to motivate the whole unit.
We haven’t played our greatest cricket.
“It’s no secret that it’s been a bit of a challenge for all of us,” he said. “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.
“In fact, 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 final Test match will begin at Ranchi from October 19.