South African cricket fans bid farewell to a stalwart of the game as opening batsman Dean Elgar announced his retirement from international cricket. The seasoned player revealed that the upcoming Test series against India would mark the conclusion of his illustrious 12-year career.
Elgar, who previously captained the Test team, will conclude his cricket journey with two final matches. The first will take place at his home ground, SuperSport Park in Centurion, from December 26 to 30. The farewell series will culminate at the iconic Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, scheduled for January 3 to 7.
Throughout his impressive career, the 36-year-old left-hander participated in 84 Test matches and eight One-Day Internationals, making a significant impact since his debut against Australia in 2012. Elgar amassed over 5000 runs in Tests with an average of 37.28, showcasing his batting prowess and dedication to the sport.
Reflecting on his decision to retire, Elgar expressed gratitude for the opportunity to represent his country, describing it as the ultimate dream. He acknowledged the privilege of a 12-year international career and stated, “all good things come to an end.” The upcoming Indian home series, particularly the Cape Town Test, holds sentimental value for Elgar as he scored his first Test run against New Zealand at this venue.
Cricket South Africa CEO Pholetsi Moseki acknowledged Elgar’s contributions, thanking him for his years of service. Moseki praised Elgar as a true ambassador for South African cricket, emphasizing his grittiness and determination on the field as qualities that resonated with fans nationwide.
As the cricket fraternity prepares to bid farewell to Dean Elgar, his legacy as a formidable player and ambassador for the sport will undoubtedly leave a lasting imprint on South African cricket history.