|Dean Elgar Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||June 11, 1987|
Dean Elgar is a South African professional cricketer who has represented his country primarily in the longer formats of the sport (Tests and ODIs), as an opening batter. In March 2021, Cricket South Africa (the governing body for the sport in the country) had appointed him South Africa’s captain in the test match format. Before breaking into the senior national team in both formats in the same year (2012), he had captained South Africa at the 2006 Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup. In the South African domestic circuit, he has played for Free State (2005-06–2011-12), Knights (2007-08–2013-14), and Titans (2014-15–Present) across all 3 formats. In the MSL (Mzansi Super League), he has played for Tshwane Spartans (2018). A rare occurrence in modern cricket, Dean has also played domestic cricket outside of his home country representing teams such as Somerset County Cricket Club (2013, 2017) and Surrey County Cricket Club (2015, 2018–2019) in England.
Welkom, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
- Father – Richard Elgar
- Mother – Denise Peart
Slow Left-Arm Orthodox
64 – Test Match, 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 ft 8 in or 173 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped hair
- Sports a light stubble
Dean Elgar Facts
- Dean’s test match debut, in November 2012, against Australia, was a rather disappointing affair. He was out for a duck (dismissed without scoring) in both of South Africa’s innings. He was the 38th batter in the history of test match cricket to have suffered this embarrassment on his test match debut. South Africa, though, went on to win the match by 309 runs and, thus, the 3-match test series by a margin of 1-0.
- In December 2015, he had become the first South African cricketer to ‘carry his bat’ (a phrase used to refer to an opening batter who has not been dismissed when the team’s innings is closed) in a test match since Gary Kirsten in 1997. He had scored 118 runs not out in a match against England.
- In January 2018, in a test match against India, he had repeated the feat and had become the first South African, since 1992, to ‘carry his bat’ twice in the test match format. Just 2 months later, in March 2018, he had achieved the rare feat again when he had scored 141 runs not out in a test match against Australia. This had made him the first batter in history to ‘carry his bat’ in an innings of a test match twice in a single calendar year. He had also become only the 2nd batter in history, after Desmond Haynes, to have achieved the feat thrice in the test match format.
- In March 2017, in a test match against New Zealand, he had become the 1st South African opening batter to have faced 200 or more balls in both the innings of a test match.
Featured Image by Dean Elgar / Instagram