South Africa opener Dean Elgar says he got “stretched” as a cricketer and learned a lot more about himself during what has been a humbling India tour, part of which included visiting “smaller places and staying in hotels” not that good.After managing a 1-1 draw in the T20 series, South Africa suffered big defeats in the first two Tests of the three-match rubber against a dominant outfit led by Virat Kohli.”It’s a challenging tour. You get stretched as a person, you get stretched as a cricketer, I think you get to know yourself quite a lot as a person when you come to the smaller places where the hotels are maybe not as good, and you get challenged on the field,” Elgar said.”It’s always a good learning curve coming to India.”The introduction of the World Test Championship means South Africa still have “quite a lot to play for” in the third Test despite conceding the series, Elgar said.”Back in the day it was always a bit of a dead rubber game but now with the World Test Championships around, we still have points to play for,” Elgar said.”We can still get 40 points by following our process against India in the last Test. That’s something we can’t neglect going into this game. There is still a lot to play for,” he added.Elgar, who became the first South African batsman to score a hundred in India after nine years during the opening Test, said the Proteas batsmen will have to go back to the basics to tackle the Indian bowlers in the final game.advertisement”It’s no secret that it’s been a bit of a challenge for all of us. We haven’t played our greatest cricket, consistent cricket. But we are trying to be positive. The senior players are trying to keep the guys motivated. We are still representing our country which is an immensely proud moment for every player.”We still motivate everyone within our squad. It has been a challenging few weeks but it’s still not too gloomy for us. We are upbeat, the morale in the camp is still very good.”We still have one game and we can actually change quite a lot. We are still pretty hopeful and pretty positive going into the last Test,” he asserted.The comprehensive victories have consolidated India’s position in the World Test Championship table, even as the struggling South Africa batsmen surrendered yet again.India now have 200 points in their kitty, a handsome 140 points away from nearest rival New Zealand.”Hope we score a lot of runs. In the second Test, we forgot a few basic things we did in the first Test.”Also Read | Can u play the last Test in Ranchi: Harbhajan Singh asks Jonty Rhodes to bat for South AfricaAlso Read | Lungi Ngidi: Of financial struggles, friendship with Rabada and ‘Lungi Dance’
The Coast Guard spotted the three Sri Lankan boats off Isukapalli coast in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh yesterday and took the fishermen into custody, said Pavan Kishore, a Marine Police officer, in a press release today. Following the arrest of 11 Sri Lankan fishermen in India on May 1, the Indian Coast Guard has arrested another 14 fishermen from the island nation for entering illegally into Indian waters, Marine Police said in Rajahmundry today.Three mechanised fibre boats and 1,500 kg of tuna fish catch was seized in the action taken by the Indian Coast Guard, the Press Trust of India reported. They were handed over to Kakinada Marine police. On May 1, Coast Guard had arrested 11 fishermen from Sri Lanka off Andhra Pradesh coast and seized two boats with 350 kg of tuna.