“Pretty elated, I think it will sink in in a day or two, maybe this evening. Couldn’t be prouder of the group. The guys responded brilliantly. After the first loss, had a lot of hope knowing we can still win this,” mentioned Elgar in the publish-match presentation ceremony.
Elgar mentioned that he asking the gamers to reply higher in the subsequent two matches at Johannesburg and Cape Town did the trick for them. “Asked the players to respond in a better nature, better way and they responded brilliantly. Extremely happy. Challenging your players within the group, need character to stand up. The way our bowling unit delivered throughout the series is brilliant.”
“I threw down the challenge after the first game and the guys responded brilliantly. Got a young, talented group. Every day in this environment, we’re gaining this experience. Unreal to see how a group that doesn’t have the repertoire or names can gel together as one. Extremely proud of this group.”
Further speaking about throwing the problem to his gamers on performing effectively, Elgar remarked, “If you want to operate at a high performance level, have to have tough chats. If guys don’t like it, it’s up to them to deal with. I’ve got old-school mentality with new-school twist. Laid down challenges to senior players as well, great to see them take it on board and deliver.”
Elgar signed off by saying that the damage from the 113-run loss at Centurion fuelled South Africa to do effectively in the subsequent two Tests. “Would like to think I gave us the best message for us to go out and perform. Us as a close group, we’ve been hurting a little bit and it’s something for us to feed off.”
“We played as a unit, if you can do that, if you have guys moving away, it’s challenge to pull them in. I think as a unit, we’ve grown massively over the last two Tests. I’m already thinking of the next series. Lot of positives, but in order to grow, need to curb the challenges we have.”