West Indies pace bowling legend Ian Bishop heaped praised on Dean Elgar’s knock against India on Twitter, saying that openers such as South Africa’s Dean Elgar and Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne must be recognised far more than that for their philosophy or approach to Test cricket in last couple of years.
The fourth day’s play in the 2nd Test match between India and South Africa is currently being interrupted due to rain. There is still no sign of play as of Tea Break on Day 4.
South Africa finished the Day 3’s play at 2 wickets down for 118 runs in pursuit of their 240-run target, with captain Dean Elgar leading the way with an impressive unbeaten knock of 46 runs. In the second innings, the Proteas captain batted magnificently and held strong against the Indian bowling attack, especially the pace bowling that India possess.
He was also formed two great partnerships with his teammates. Elgar and Aiden Markram added 47 runs for the first wicket, which was followed by a 46-run stand for the second wicket with Keegan Petersen.
Ian Bishop names 2 most understated Test players
While praising Elgar for his knock, Ian Bishop also mentioned that both Dean Elgar and Sri Lanka’s captain Dimuth Karunaratne are the two most understated Test players in the last couple of years.
Have no idea how South Africa are 114 for 2 on that— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) January 5, 2022
Weve got to start appreciating Dean Elgar and Dimuth Karunaratne more. Two of test crickets most understated, but bloody minded openers of the last few years.
Dean Elgar, Dimuth Karunaratne Stats
Dean Elgar has been consistently a part of the South African Test squad and has been scoring runs as well. The left-hand batsman had scored 1128 runs in the year 2017 from 12 Test matches, and have followed that up with 661 runs in 2018, 351 runs in 2019 and 317 and 442 runs in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
As for Sri Lanka’s captain Dimuth Karunaratne, he has also followed the same route. The left-hand batsman had scored 1031 runs in 2017 and has followed that up with 743 runs in 2018, 527 runs in 2019 and 131 and 902 runs in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
India vs South Africa 2nd Test Match
Talking about the match between India and South Africa, the latter have been set to chase 240 runs after they managed to restrict India to 266 runs in their 2nd inning. Team India were already trailing South Africa by 27 runs when they started their 2nd inning.
Much earlier, South Africa had dismissed India for 202 runs in the first inning, while they themselves couldn’t make most of it, as they fell pray to a hunting Shardul Thakur, whose 7 wickets stopped the Proteas at 229 runs, taking a lead of 27 runs.