South Africa skipper Dean Elger opens up about the stump mick chatter on day 3 of the final test match between India and South Africa. Elgar was the batter who survived a review late on the third day when he was given out lbw off Ashwin by Marais Erasmus. The delivery was drifted in from around the stumps and struck in front of the middle stump. Elgar sent the decision upstairs and ball-tracking showed the ball would have gone over the stumps.
India went on to question the decision vocally on-field, as well as the host broadcasters, was biased in favor of the home team. But, nine overs later Elger was dismissed by Bumrah, at the close of play. By that stage, Dean Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen had put on 41 runs. They had scored at a decent rate of 4.5 and brought the target down to 111 on the final day.
Asked what he thought of India’s chatter, Elgar said that he “loved it”. Because of the advantage it gave South Africa. “It was maybe a team under a bit of pressure and things weren’t going their way, which they are quite used to of late [getting things to go their way],” he said. “It was a bit of Test match cricket pressure which gave us a little bit of a window period to score freer and chip away at the target. And it played nicely into our hands that for a period of time. They forgot about the game and they were channeling a bit more of the emotional side of what Test cricket has to offer. I am extremely happy it happened that way.”
Dean Elger said that he was continuously encouraged his teammates throughout the series
“My skin is pretty thick when it comes to on-field matters and matters that value the team in a big way. Now, being a lot more experienced, I’ve gained the kind of people skills that I lacked. I’d like to think it’s something I am still going to work on and grow as a human. The pressure situations are tough. Especially when you don’t have a bat in hand.”You can’t control anything that’s happening out there. That’s something I kind of manage pretty well. You don’t want to show your emotions on camera. From that point of view, it’s something I have learned a lot and I’ve had to learn it quite quickly. From a captaincy point of view, it’s helped me be calmer and not panicking too soon.” Dean Elger said.
South Africa did have their fair share to say in the field. Elgar has confirmed he is not shy to use his words. Although, he only spoke in reference to his own team. After the second Test, Elgar revealed how he had a conversation with Kagiso Rabada that fired him for the rest of the series. He has since shared that he has similar chats with all the members of his squad. However, he tried to get the best out of his team in the series.