Proteas’ batsman Dean Elgar is celebrating his 32nd birthday today. Here are some interesting facts about the star player.
- Dean Elgar captained the South African 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup squad. That tournament was played in Sri Lanka.
- On 23 March 2018, Dean Elgar carried his bat for the 3rd time in his test match career scoring an unbeaten 141 runs against Australia, equalling the world record with West Indian batsman Desmond Haynes. With this achievement, Elgar also became the only batsman to carry his bat in an innings of a test match 2ce in the same year.
- Dean Elgar made his ODI debut against England on 24 August 2012. He made his test match debut against on 30 November 2012 against Australia.
- Dean Elgar scored 127 runs on 5 November 2016 during the first Test against Australia in Perth. His partnership of 250 with JP Duminy in the match is South Africa’s highest partnership in Perth. It’s the 3rd highest overall in Perth. It’s South Africa’s 2nd highest partnership against Australia.
- On 11 March 2017, whilst playing against New Zealand, Dean Elgar became the 1st South African opening batsman to face 200 or more balls in both innings of a Test match.
- Dean Elgar has captained the Proteas twice in test matches. The 1st time was for the 1st Test against England in 2017 when regular captain Faf du Plessis wasn’t available to play due to the birth of his 1st child. The 2nd time was for the 3rd test match against Pakistan in January 2019 after Faf du Plessis was penalised for a slow over-rate in the 2nd Test match and was suspended for the 3rd and final test of the series.
Happy Birthday, Dean! We hope the coming year is a successful one for you.