Dean Elgar to retire from international cricket after India series

Dean Elgar

South Africa’s former Test captain Dean Elgar has announced his retirement from international cricket, effective after the home series against India. The 36-year-old opener, who has scored over 5,000 Test runs with 13 hundreds, will play his final match at his favourite venue, Newlands, from January 3.

Dean Elgar said he made the decision to quit the game he loves after being informed that he was not in the coach’s long-term vision. “As they say, ‘all good things come to an end’, and the Indian home series will be my last, as I have made the decision to retire from our beautiful game,” he said in a statement.

“The Cape Town Test will be my last. My favourite stadium in the world. A place I scored my first Test run against New Zealand and hopefully my last too.”

Elgar made his Test debut against Australia in 2009, but failed to score in both innings. He bounced back from that setback and established himself as one of the most reliable openers in world cricket. He is currently South Africa’s eighth highest run-scorer in Tests, with a career-best of 199 against Bangladesh in 2017. He also led the team in 10 Tests, winning four and losing five.

Dean Elgar has played many memorable innings for South Africa, especially in tough conditions and against strong opposition.

Here are some of Dean Elgar’s best knocks:

160 against India in Visakhapatnam, 2019: Elgar showed his ability to play and dominate spin as he scored his highest Test score in India. He hit 18 fours and four sixes, including a slog sweep off R Ashwin to reach his century.

199 against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom, 2017: Elgar fell just one run short of a double hundred as he batted for more than eight hours and faced 388 balls. He was involved in two big partnerships, 196 with Aiden Markram and 215 with Hashim Amla, as South Africa piled on 496 for 3 declared.

96 not out against India in Johannesburg, 2022: Elgar led from the front as he guided South Africa to a historic chase of 240 on a tricky pitch. He faced 171 balls and was hit several times by the Indian pacers, but remained unbeaten till the end. He hit the winning boundary off Mohammed Siraj and celebrated with a fist pump. He later revealed that he was playing with a broken finger and a bruised rib.

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