South African opening batsman Dean Elgar on Sunday became the 10th South African to reach 4000 runs in Test cricket. The left-handed batsman achieved the feat during the side’s second innings against Sri Lanka in the 2nd Test at the Wanderers Stadium.
The 33-year-old has been a substantial contributor for South Africa in the ongoing series with two 50+ scores in the ongoing Test series. He is currently unbeaten on 92 runs at the stumps of Day 1 that saw the visitors falter on 157 runs in their first innings.
Jacques Kallis (13,206 runs), Hashim Amla (9282 runs), Graeme Smith (9253 runs), AB de Villiers (8765 runs), Gary Kirsten (7289 runs), Herschelle Gibbs (6167 runs), Mark Boucher (5498 runs), DJ Cullinan (4554 runs), Faf du Plessis (4100 runs) are other South African batsmen ahead of him in the list.
Former South African skipper Faf du Plessis also reached 4000 runs in the first Test match against Sri Lanka when he scored 199 runs.
The hosts have been relentless against Sri Lanka, winning the first Test by an innings and 45 runs at the Supersport Park in Centurion.
Sri Lanka surrendered in the first Test despite putting up a fight. Their struggle continued in the ongoing Test after getting overwhelmed by the South African bowlers.
Anrich Nortje inflicted the most damage to them as he picked 6/56 in the first innings, while Wiaan Mulder chipped in three wickets. In response, the hosts are currently batting on 148/1 after losing the wicket of opener Aiden Markram (5 runs).