After the primary Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion, the place South Africa could not cross 200 in each innings and misplaced by 113 runs, the hosts got here again strongly to chase 240 and 212 twice to win the three-match sequence towards India 2-1. It was additionally the fifth time South Africa gained a sequence after being 1-0 behind.
“It’s the guys taking the responsibility, that ties into the conversations I had with the team prior to the second game. Guys taking responsibility meant they valued their wicket a lot more. Soft dismissals and lapse of concentration are kinds of errors which hinder your series and ultimately got us loss in the first game. I am very, very happy that the guys responded well and responded to what’s being given to them and have to fulfil those roles, especially from a batting point of view,” mentioned Elgar within the digital press convention.
“It just shows the characters within out set-up and are willing to learn still. They don’t play with ego, which is a great thing for me. Being able to speak to them openly knowing that they will take on board and it will be constructive chats. Ultimately, it’s them taking a lot more responsibility, respecting their batting positions and valuing their wicket lot more,” added Elgar.
It was additionally the fifth time South Africa gained a sequence after being 1-0 behind. Talking in regards to the highs and lows within the sequence for the hosts, Elgar remarked, “I think there were so many lows with regards to the first game. Losing the first game of a home Test series is never ideal. I think it’s a South African trait that you always start slow and almost have to be 1-0 down to actually wake up and realise that our backs are against the wall.
“Lows would be the few little disciplined issues on-subject that we wanted to rectify. Giving extras was one thing that was an enormous concern for me. Luckily, that did not chunk us on the again facet. I feel I’ll take a number of days to really sit down and break every thing as much as replicate and attempt to be higher in these areas.”
But it was the bounce-back ability of South Africa which delighted Elgar.
“The guys responded fantastically to that. Highs are clearly the performances of Keegan (Petersen), Marco Jansen, KG (Kagiso Rabada), Lungi (Ngidi) at instances introduced his half as effectively. Guys like Temba confirmed an ideal lot of qualities as regards to batting, composure, calm and gave you a peace of thoughts understanding that he’s on the crease and issues are below management and can be okay.”
Amongst the gains for the Proteas was the emergence of Jansen, who picked 19 wickets in his debut Test series at an average of 16.47. Jansen, brought in for an injured Anrich Nortje, was impressive in taking the wickets of the Indian batters on a consistent rate after his figures of 1/69 in the first innings at Centurion.
Elgar was understandably happy with the all-rounder’s show in the series.
“He was all the time a little bit of a uncertain choice as regards to if he’ll play within the remaining eleven. With the attributes he has, the strengths, his tall peak and may bowl at 135 and so much faster than how previous he’s, which is large energy for him. His bounce, presence and intimidation he has with out saying a phrase, is an enormous energy.”
The 34-year-old Elgar signed off by predicting Jansen to be a big asset for South Africa in future.
“I see him entering into just one path and that’s up. Hopefully, he understands and respects what he has achieved all through this Test sequence as a result of his profession has come alongside in an enormous nature. He was sensible for us, first Test sequence towards India will be daunting for a man. He tends to function in somewhat bit extra of mature method.
“He’s only 21 years old but the way he conducts himself on the field, speaks and communicates with me is one of someone who’s played quite a few Tests and has been around for quite a few years, which is another great attribute to have as a young player. He is also a great team man and always ready to have a laugh with the guys. I don’t think he takes himself seriously, which is a tick in the right box and would like to think that he has a bright future for South Africa.”