Virat Kohli instructs his squad not to celebrate Dean Elgar’s wicket and instructs them to bow. On Day 1 of the second Test in Cape Town, Dean Elgar was dismissed for the final time in his career.
Day 1 of the second Test between South Africa and India at Newlands, Cape Town on Wednesday, January 03, was an entertaining affair, with a total of 23 wickets falling. South Africa were bowl out for 55 after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Mohammed Siraj recording his best Test statistics (6/15).
In response, India was bowled out for 153, losing six wickets without scoring a single run. Amidst all of the drama on the first day. A sweet event occurred on the field when great India batter Virat Kohli instructs all of the players to bend down to Dean Elgar after he dismissed playing the final Test of his career.
Mukesh Kumar forced Elgar to edge one straight to Kohli at first slip in the 11th over of South Africa’s second innings. Following the catch, the former India skipper was seen motioning towards the Indian dressing room. In order to bow down to Elgar and pay appreciation to him for a tremendous Test career.
Kohli even approached the South African skipper and hugged him. While other Indian players like Mohammed Siraj. Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, and others stroked his back and shook hands with him. The entire crowd rose to applaud Elgar, who is playing his 86th Test for South Africa. The Indian support crew, including head coach Rahul Dravid, paid tribute to Elgar as he made his final trip back to the pavilion.
Watch the incident here:
Dean Elgar finished his career as 8th-highest run scorer for South Africa
Notably, Elgar amassed 5347 runs in 86 Tests at an average of 37.92, including 14 hundreds and 23 fifties. In 15 Tests against India, he scored 1012 runs at an average of 40.48, with two hundreds and four fifties.
The 36-year-old has captained his country in 17 Tests (excluding the current one) and has won nine of them while losing seven and drawing one. Meanwhile, with Aiden Markram (36) and David Bedingham (7) at the crease, South Africa concluded Day 1 on 62/3, trailing India by 36 runs.