The Indian tempo assault comprising Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj was at its scorching greatest as South Africa had been bowled out for 197 and 191 of their two innings to endure a 113-run defeat within the first Test.
“I don’t think we are going to lack any confidence going into Jo’burg. It’s never nice losing a game especially when we know we actually went wrong. And it’s difficult to correct those wrongs during a game,” the skipper mentioned on the post-match media interplay.
“Hopefully building up to the Wanderers second Test we’re going to have some time to reflect and learn around what’s happened.”
This was South Africa’s first Test in six months in a 12 months after they have performed simply six matches below Elgar, after Australia opted to not journey for a four-Test sequence in March.
Elgar began his journey with a 2-0 win over the West Indies earlier than this loss in opposition to India.
“I don’t think it’s going to change our confidence going forward. We still have had a relatively good run in the last six months, so we got to utilise those kinds of good energies we’ve had.
“So yeah, we undoubtedly are going to sit down down and break up the sport and as a gaggle, we’ll undoubtedly come again on. It’s form of what I count on our guys to be doing in any case,” the 34-year-old said.
The hosts were up against it after losing the toss and seeing India reach 270/3 at stumps on day one following KL Rahul’s majestic century.
“They scored over 300 which is all the time going to be an enormous plus level for them successful the toss. It lies within the run scored clearly all through the 4 days of play.
“There’s a lot of learning points for us. The basics of the game still applies. I don’t think we had that with regards to the batting point of view.
“Day one we began fairly okay after which we we let it go and the run price was just a little bit too laborious for us to attempt to handle and convey down once more.
“Opposition being three wickets down on day one is something that is always going to almost hurt you as an opponent,” the South African skipper mentioned.
This is the primary time India have gained a Test match at Centurion. South Africa had misplaced solely twice in 26 matches on the venue.
In Pics: India beat South Africa by 113 runs to register first-ever Test win in Centurion
<p>India accomplished a convincing 113-run win on the fifth day of the primary Test in opposition to South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday. Resuming on 94 for 4 in a chase of 305 to win, South Africa had been bowled out for 191, dropping their final three wickets within the first two overs after lunch. (AFP Photo)</p>
Elgar additional mentioned they must be notably watchful in opposition to the duo of Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, who shared 13 wickets between them.
“Shami obviously posed some issues for our right-hand batters. Obviously his wickets in the first innings reflect on that.
“Bumrah is somebody that is all the time operating with vitality, excessive vitality, regardless of if he is going for runs or not. So he is all the time going to problem you as a batter.
“You’ve got to be very mindful of facing both of them but saying that they’re quite a well balanced attack at the moment.
“Siraj may also are available and will also be a little bit of a handful as he was just a little bit final night time. But the senior guys in Shami and Bumrah are the 2 guys,” he said when asked about their main threats in the Indian bowling attack.
For South Africa, Temba Bavuma was the pick of the batters, making 52 in the first innings and an unbeaten 35 in their improbable 305-run chase.
The skipper led from the front with a stoic 77 in the second innings but his dismissal triggered a collapse as the team folded in 68 overs.
“You want runs to clearly compete, protected to say that we did not execute that in our first innings, which I assumed was nonetheless comparatively doable for us.
“The nature of Test cricket is that you’ve got to compete against the new ball and the way they started with their bowling in the first innings was something that we obviously struggled a little bit against,” Elgar mentioned.
Going into the second Test, Elgar mentioned they could consider bringing their proficient quantity three Keegan Petersen down the order.
“Maybe we can give him a bit of an opportunity with all the older ball coming in. Yeah, he has had a bit of a rough start to his Test career and it doesn’t reflect on him as a player.
“He’s a particularly proficient participant. He’s been one in every of our greatest batters round domestically for the previous few years. Clearly the stats do not mirror his skill for the time being. I really feel for him,” he said of Petersen who got out for 15 and 17.