Dean Elgar joins Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten in elite club after blasting a ton against India on Day 2

Dean Elgar joins Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten in elite club after blasting a ton against India on Day 2

Dean Elgar showcased his dominance over the Indian bowling attack on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion, marking the beginning of his farewell series with a briskly-paced hundred.

The veteran South African opener, who had earlier announced his retirement from the longest format of the game, celebrated his achievement with a triumphant roar.

Elgar’s hundred came in just 141 balls, featuring an impressive display of 20 boundaries as he took charge after the early loss of opener Aiden Markram. With determination, Elgar capitalized on every opportunity to punish the wayward Indian bowling attack, with notable exceptions being Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin.

This century marked a significant milestone for Dean Elgar, being his 14th Test hundred and his first against India at home. The SuperSport Park in Centurion also witnessed Elgar’s first-ever Test hundred on its grounds. Similar to David Warner, who recently notched a century in the first Test of his farewell series against Pakistan, Elgar’s strong performance sets the tone for his final Test series on a high note.

Dean Elgar’s achievement also places him in an elite group, as he becomes only the third South African opener, following Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs, to score a Test hundred against India at home. Herschelle Gibbs achieved this feat twice in 2001 with scores of 107 and 196, while Gary Kirsten scored 103 in 1997. Dean Elgar’s impactful century adds another chapter to the history of South African openers succeeding against India in home conditions.

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