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“This innings did not come by fluke” – Dean Elgar


South Africa’s opening batsman Dean Elgar mentions his 160-run knock in the ongoing first test against India as the best ever test hundred in his career and also informs that his innings isn’t just an illusion rather it comes through a lot of hard work in the recent years.

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“We have lost some experienced players in the team, so I knew it’s my job to step up. I have experience of playing worldwide, So I knew what we had to do at that situation. I would like to mention that this is the best hundred that I have scored in my career,” Elgar said.

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But he admitted that it had been very tough to play in Indian pitch throughout the whole innings. “It’s great to contribute by and by. Playing in India is extremely tough. The last time I was here, I was extremely experienced. In those four years, I have grown a great deal as a cricketer. I have played county cricket, which has helped,” the 32-year old said.

“I actually played Ashwin during county cricket. It was good examination for me. This innings did not come by fluke, it came as I had done a lot of hard work in recent years. This innings was not by luck. I worked very hard for it,” he added.

Ashwin took another fifer in the third day of the first test match. That was his 27th fifer in his test career. But the standout performer of the day was Dean Elgar undoubtedly. His 160-run knock and a timely half-century and century from captain Faf du Plessis and wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock saved South Africa from being humiliated. Rather they finished the day in a safe position with the scorecard of 385/8 trailing by 117 runs.

 

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