Dean Elgar

South Africa
Age
June 11, 1987 (34 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Welkom, Orange Free State
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
South Africa
Bowling Style
Slow left-arm orthodox

Dean Elgar is a 33-year-old left-handed opening batsman and a slow-left arm bowler who has played for and captained South Africa in international cricket.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
20
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

South Africa, Free State, Northerns, South Africa A, South African Invitation XI, Surrey, Titans, Diamond Eagles, South Africa Under-19, Somerset, Knights, Benoni Zalmi, Tshwane Spartans

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
8
7
1
104
42
17.33
177
58.76
0
0
6
0
T20I
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
Test
70
119
9
4403
199
40.39
9398
46.85
13
20
553
25
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
8
4
96
67
2
1/11
4.19
33.5
48
0
0
0
T20I
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
70
44
1030
665
15
4/22
3.87
44.33
68.67
1
0
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Background

Elgar came into the limelight when he was made captain of the South Africa U-19 team in 2006. He made a good first-class record, getting his call-up to international cricket after that. In 202 first-class matches to date, he has made 13718 runs at 42.07 with 41 tons and 52 half-centuries, including his top score of 268. He has also taken 56 wickets at 49.64 with his best bowling figures of 4/22. In 160 List A games, Elgar has made 5517 runs at 42.11 with 6 tons and 42 half-centuries, including his highest score of 137. He has also taken 57 wickets at 47.21 with the best bowling figures of 4/37.

Test Career

Elgar has scored 3888 runs in 63 matches at an average of 38.49. He has also taken 15 wickets at 43.93. Elgar scored his first Test ton against New Zealand in January 2013 in the 2nd game of a series in Port Elizabeth, in which South Africa batted first. Batting at number 7, Elgar scored an unbeaten 103 in a 231-minute stay at the wicket and shared a 6th-wicket stand of 131 with Faf du Plessis, helping South Africa to post a score of 525/8 declared. New Zealand, in reply, were bowled out for 121. Following on, they were all out for 211, enabling South Africa to win by an innings and 193 runs. Elgar scored 103 against Sri Lanka in Galle in a Test match in July 2014. Opening the innings, Elgar helped South Africa to a score of 455/9 declared before they bowled out the hosts for 292. Chasing a target of 370 in the fourth innings, Sri Lanka could maker only 216 runs. Against the visiting Bangladesh team in Potchefstroom in October 2017, Elgar achieved his highest Test score of 199, propelling South Africa to a score of 496/3 declared in the process. After dismissing Bangladesh for 320 in their reply, South Africa set them a winning target of 424. Bangladesh collapsed to be all out for 90, leaving South Africa to savour a 333-run victory. He played his first Test against Australia in Perth in November 2012. In Durban in December 2015, Elgar made 118 not out against England in a match England won by 241 runs. Against India in Johannesburg in January 2018, in another lost cause, Elgar scored 86 not out to carry his bat for the second time. Elgar became the second batsman after Desmond Haynes to carry his bat through an inning on three separate occasions in the 3rd Test of a series in Cape Town on Australia’s tour of South Africa. In the match played between 22 and 25 March 2018, South Africa batted first. Elgar who opened the innings with Markram scored 141 not out, sharing partnerships of 86 with Amla for the 2nd wicket, 128 with De Villiers for the 3rd and 50 with Rabada for the 9th. In reply, Australia were bowled out for 255. In their second knock, South Africa made 373 to set Australia a target of 430 before bowling them out for 107 to wrap up a 322-run victory. He last appeared in a Test against England in Johannesburg in January 2020.

ODI Career

Elgar has played 8 ODIs and scored 104 runs at an average of 17.33, with the highest score of 42. He has also taken 2 wickets at 33.50 with the best bowling figures of 1/11. Elgar played his first ODI against England in Cardiff in August 2012. Elgar achieved his best ODI score of 43 against England at the Oval in the first match of a series on South Africa’s tour of England on 31 August 2012. In that game, South Africa batted first. Batting at number 3, Elgar made 43 from 51 balls and shared a 3rd-wicket partnership of 47 with De Villiers to help push South Africa to a score of 211. Unfortunately for Elgar and South Africa, his effort came in a losing cause. In the same series, he had another innings of 35, helping his side to a first-innings score of 220/8, presenting a modest target that England scaled with 6 wickets and 20 balls to spare. On 28 August 2012 in Southampton, South Africa made a first-innings score of 287/5, in which Elgar contributed only 15 runs. England, in reply, got bowled out for 207 in 40.4 overs, a collapse in which Elgar had a hand, taking 1/11 from 3 overs bowled by him. He last appeared in an ODI against Zimbabwe in Bloemfontein in October 2018.

Captaincy

Elgar was appointed captain of the team instead of Faf du Plessis in 2017 on South Africa’s tour of England when Du Plessis’ first child was born and he chose to miss the first Test. On another occasion, Elgar stood in for Du Plessis when he was forced to miss a Test match in Pakistan in January 2019 after he had been suspended for a slow over rate.

Records

  • On 28 December 2015, Elgar batted through the innings to remain 118 not out against England, becoming the first South African to accomplish the feat in 18 years since Gary Kirsten’s achievement in 1997.
  • Dean Elgar and JP Duminy had South Africa’s highest partnership of 250 in Perth in November 2016. It was also the second-highest against Australia by a South African pair of batsmen.
  • Playing against New Zealand in March 2017, Elgar faced over 200 deliveries in both innings of a Test match, becoming the first South African to accomplish the feat.
  • He carried his bat for the second time against India in January 2018, becoming the first South African to achieve the feat after 1992.
  • In March 2018, he became the only batsman to carry his bat in a Test innings on two occasions in the same calendar year when he made 141 not out against Australia. He also became only the second batsman after Desmond Haynes to do it on three separate occasions.