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Richard Elgar claims cricket can bite you least expect it

I could see disappointment on his face: Senior Elgar

Dean Elgar of the Proteas
Dean Elgar of the Proteas celebrates his 100. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Shortly after South African opener, Dean Elgar, fell heartbreakingly close to his maiden double century in Test cricket by just one run, his cricket-loving father, Richard Elgar, claimed that the game of cricket has a funny way of biting when least expected.

His partner at the other end, Aiden Markram, on his Test debut, fell three short of his maiden Test match century on debut during the second day of the First Test match at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom against Bangladesh. Looking at the two innings which deserved their respective milestones, Elgar’s father seemed “very disappointed.”

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“I am not at the ground but was watching it on TV. I could not believe my eyes because he had batted so well. But, yes, cricket is a very funny game at times”, remarked Richard Elgar, who also visited Lord’s to see his son play, according to Kashmir Times.

I could see disappointment on his face: Senior Elgar

“Well I sent him an SMS but what can you really say…I could see the disappointment on his face. Dean will bounce back. He knows that this game can bite you when you least expect it,” further added Senior Elgar. Last year in the Chennai Test between India and England, Indian opening batsman KL Rahul also missed out on his double ton as he was dismissed on 199.

Much like his compatriot AB de Villiers, Elgar also excelled in any sports apart from cricket namely, football, squash, and athletics.

Until the age of 16, Elgar was a renowned squash player but pursued cricket instead. He has represented South Africa at Under-19 World Cup in 2006 in Sri Lanka. He played SA A in many occasions before getting selected for the national team. Even his brother who resides in the United Kingdoms runs at marathons and runs his own business.

After stumps on Day 3, the Proteas lead by 231 in the second innings with eight wickets in hand.

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