|Dean Elgar Quick Info|
|height||5 feet 8 inches|
|Date of birth||11 June 1987|
Dean Elgary is a South African professional cricketer, who has primarily represented his country in the longer formats of the game (Tests and ODIs), as an opener. In March 2021, cricket south africa (the governing body for the sport in the country) appointed him as the captain of South Africa in the Test match format. He captained South Africa in 2006, before entering the senior national team in both formats in the same year (2012). Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup, In the South African domestic circuit, he has played for the Free State (2005–06–2011–12), knights (2007-08-2013-14), and titans (2014-15-Present) in all 3 formats. In MSL (Mzansi Super League), he has played for tswane spartans (2018). A rare occurrence in modern cricket, Dean has also played domestic cricket outside his home country, representing teams such as Somerset County Cricket Club (2013, 2017) and Surrey County Cricket Club (2015, 2018-2019) in England.
name at birth
Welcome, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
- father — Richard Elgaro
- Mother — Dennis Pert
slow left-arm orthodox
64 – Test Matches, One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I), Knights (South African Domestic Cricket), Titans (South African Domestic Cricket), Tshwane Spartans (MSL), Somerset County Cricket Club (English Domestic Cricket), Surrey County Cricket Club (English domestic cricket)
5 feet 8 inches or 173 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Caste / Ethnicity
- toned physique
- short hair
- game a light stub
Dean Elgar Facts
- Dean’s Test debut against Australia in November 2012 was a disappointing affair. He was dismissed for zero in both the innings of South Africa (without scoring). He was the 38th batsman in the history of Test match cricket to face this embarrassment in his Test debut. However, South Africa won the match by 309 runs and thus, won the 3-match Test series by a 1-0 margin.
- In December 2015, he became the first since Gary Kirsten in 1997 to ‘carry his bat’ (a phrase used to refer to an opener who was not dismissed when the team’s innings was closed) in a Test match. became a South African cricketer. He scored an unbeaten 118 in a match against England.
- In January 2018, in a Test match against India, he repeated the feat and became the first South African to ‘carry his bat’ twice in the Test match format since 1992. Exactly 2 months later, in March 2018, he again achieved the rare feat when he scored an unbeaten 141 in a Test match against Australia. This made him the first batsman in history to ‘carry his bat’ in an innings of a Test match twice in a calendar year. He became only the second batsman in history after Desmond Haynes to achieve the feat thrice in the Test match format.
- In March 2017, in a Test match against New Zealand, he became the first South African opener to face 200 or more balls in both innings of a Test match.
Featured image by Dean Elgar / Instagram