“Winning Test series is like lifting World Cup trophy for me”: Dean Elgar

Dean Elgar is gearing up for his final international appearance as India and South Africa face off in the second and last Test at Newlands, Cape Town, starting on January 3. Leading the team in the absence of regular captain Temba Bavuma, Elgar expressed the significance of winning a Test series.

“I play the game to win, stats don’t matter to me. What counts are victories and series wins. Those are the memories you cherish with your team and every one playing a crucial role. Test series wins are unparalleled. Maybe a World Cup win is comparable. I haven’t had that chance, but this is my World Cup and my arena where I aim to win,” he said.

Having missed out on playing in any World Cup during his career, Elgar is determined to make the most of his final international outing by securing a series victory against India. Despite already leading 1-0 after a convincing win in the Boxing Day Test, Elgar stressed that a draw in the final Test would be as detrimental as a loss for the Proteas.

“We’re fortunate that we can’t lose the series. Although, a draw here would be almost as bad as a loss for us. This Test is massive for us, it’s our highlighted Test of the year. The New Year’s Test at Newlands, facing tough opposition, doesn’t get much bigger and better,” the 36-year-old added.

Elgar further urged the team to focus on delivering a solid performance. He highlighted the significance of starting the year with a victory.

“For the guys, playing in the New Year’s Test is significant, and many will experience firsts. We want them to savor the moment while also being aware of the chance to win 2-nil. Drawing the series is not on our minds at all,” he concluded.

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