The 34-year-old opener completed the match unbeaten on 96 off 188 balls, an innings spanning 5 hours and 9 minutes, as they chased down 240 to stage the three-match collection.
“I said to myself I’m going to be there till the end as a senior batter, someone who’s been around for a long time. I needed to take the responsibility,” the skipper mentioned within the post-match media interplay.
“It’s not always going to work out but today it worked out. It’s a highly stressful and intense series against the Indians.”
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The left-hander took lots of physique blows and one Jasprit Bumrah beamer hit on his helmet grille on Wednesday however he remained calm and composed.
“Some may call it stupid, some may brave. I would like to see the latter. I’d like to see it as another influencing factor in our team.
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“If I’m prepared to place my physique on the road, so ought to everybody else and it is not within the thoughts. Playing on your nation, you are anticipated to do that, regardless of how you’re feeling and you’ll want to give attention to the larger activity at hand. That’s clearly to try to get the job carried out.”
After five and half hours lost in the day, the left-hander shepherded the innings beautifully and stood in two match-winning partnerships against the relentless Indian attack.
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“It feels actually particular, firstly as a captain. I do not play for accolades or private milestones. I play for my teammates and profitable.
“I’m not going to exclude them from their achievements, they’ve done throughout the last couple days. I think it means a hell of a lot for me when it comes to influencing our environment and leading from the front. It’s always something that I’ve liked to have done.
“Even as a schoolboy it is one thing I’ve at all times needed to do with lead from the entrance and I believe it makes it lots simpler for guys to comply with your footsteps and truly belief you. So I believe in that respect, it goes a great distance.”
Rating his innings at the top, he said: “This is correct up there. Contributing in an enormous approach in a win speaks much more than something in the case of private acquire or private accolades.
“I was extremely glad as the captain that I could lead us over the line, which was a do or die kind of Test match for us. So I would say it was up there, maybe the top three influential innings that I’ve played.”
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. First and foremost, it’s a Test win for South Africa. We fought long and hard, pushing us to different levels these four days. The guys responded brilliantly. It’s great to accomplish another Test win.”
Elgar mentioned the win could be a step in the correct course for the children within the group.
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“I think it’s a step in the right direction. We still have a lot of challenging encounters coming our way. Even in the next Test we’re gonna have a lot of encounters where we’re going to be pushed to different boundaries and how the guys respond to that.
“But I’d like to consider this as a large optimistic transferring in the correct course. Yeah, I believe it is a confidence booster for lots of our gamers throughout the squad. We’ve bought comparatively younger and inexperienced guys. So yeah, I’d wish to suppose it is a transfer in the correct course,” he concluded.
The series-deciding Cape Town Test begins on Tuesday.