Dean Elgar

Country: South Africa
Born: June 11, 1987, Welkom, Orange Free State
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Opening Batter

Dean Elgar Bio

Dean Elgar, the gritty left-hand opener from South Africa, has carved a reputation for himself as a reliable and resilient cricketer. Born on June 11, 1987, Elgar personifies the qualities of determination, perseverance, and adaptability that have made him an invaluable asset to the South African cricket team.

Elgar made his mark in first-class cricket between 2010 and 2011, averaging close to 60. However, his Test debut proved to be a challenging one as he faced a pair in Perth in November 2012. Undeterred, he bounced back in the following series against New Zealand, scoring an unbeaten 103 in Port Elizabeth. It was then that he moved to open alongside the legendary Graeme Smith, and Elgar quickly made the position his own.

Famed for his ability to withstand physical and verbal blows, Elgar tackled the challenges of being an opener with courage and resilience. Following Smith’s retirement, Elgar shouldered much of the opening responsibility, fearlessly facing fierce bowling attacks and cementing his place in the team.

Elgar’s century in Galle in 2014 demonstrated his mental strength and determination as he overcame his weakness against spin, becoming the first South African opener to achieve such a feat in Sri Lanka. From 2016 to 2021, Elgar emerged as the leading run-scorer among openers in Tests, accumulating over 3000 runs at an impressive average of 41. His immense talent was on full display in numerous memorable innings, including a remarkable 199 against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom, an unbeaten century against Australia in Cape Town (though overshadowed by the infamous ball-tampering scandal), and a fearless 160 against India in Visakhapatnam, where he fearlessly took on the spin duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

In March 2021, Elgar was appointed as the Test captain of the South African cricket team. He assumed the leadership role at a crucial juncture when racial tensions were threatening to divide the team, and they struggled to maintain a strong position in the rankings. However, Elgar’s appointment breathed new life into the team, leading them to series victories in the West Indies and against India on home soil, as well as earning a hard-fought draw in New Zealand.

Off the field, Elgar’s dedication to the game and his team’s success is exemplary. His commitment to continuous improvement is evident in his consistent performance and constant development of his skills. As a leader, he fosters a positive environment within the team, encouraging trust, unity, and a shared goal of success.

Dean Elgar is a true stalwart of South African cricket. His unwavering determination, ability to overcome challenges, and excellent batting skills make him an invaluable asset to his team. As he continues to lead South Africa’s Test side and contribute valuable runs, the cricketing world eagerly awaits the next chapter in his illustrious career.

Dean Elgar Career Stats

Dean Elgar Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 86 152 11 5347 199 37.92 11190 47.78 14 23 684 26 92 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 8 7 1 104 42 17.33 177 58.75 0 0 6 0 4 0
FC 245 430 31 16676 268 41.79 33338 50.02 48 68 2148 78 208 0
List A 178 171 27 6264 137 43.5 7685 81.5 10 45 474 91 54 0
T20s 82 77 17 2028 88* 33.8 1826 111.06 0 11 145 53 35 0

Dean Elgar Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 86 45 1036 673 15 4/22 4/56 44.86 3.89 69 1 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 8 4 96 67 2 1/11 1/11 33.5 4.18 48 0 0 0
FC 245 137 4175 2812 56 4/22 5/141 50.21 4.04 74.5 2 0 0
List A 178 102 3109 2843 57 4/37 4/37 49.87 5.48 54.5 1 0 0
T20s 82 44 627 723 29 4/23 4/23 24.93 6.91 21.6 1 0 0

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