Dean Elgar batted for six hours to help South Africa come out of a tight spot on Day One against Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Dean Elgar batted for six hours to help South Africa come out of a tight spot on Day One against Sri Lanka © Getty Images

South African opener Dean Elgar, who registered his sixth century in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Cape Town is on his way to becoming a cult hero just like Nathan Lyon did on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test. The southpaw got married for the second time on Tuesday morning. At least‚ he got according to a mysterious campaign on social media that claims that he wedded Newlands’ Railway Stand. He batted for six hours on Day One to ensure the home side reached the close handily placed on 297 for 6. South Africa started off on a poor note after Sri Lanka asked them to bat first. It was Elgar’s ton that ensured the home side a decent total on Day One after they were 66 for 3 before lunch.

Talking about the bizarre social media campaign, Elgar was quoted saying businesslive.co.za as, “Well‚ it’s going to be quite exciting then‚ I guess‚” a bemused Elgar said after stumps on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday. “I don’t know what to make of this‚ I don’t think my missus is going to be very pleased with this. I have no idea what’s going on. Stay tuned‚ I guess.”

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He then spoke about his innings: “It was tough but we knew that if we get through the first hour‚ once that new ball becomes a little bit older it’s going to give us a few more run-scoring opportunities.”

“It’s definitely a new-ball wicket and I think it’s going to have that nature throughout the game. We saw when (Sri Lanka) took the second new ball there was still a lot of seam movement‚ and I think there’s going to be a lot throughout this game. It’s a good cricket wicket in the sense that it’s assisting everyone – there’s a good competition between bat and ball.”

There was a section of fans present at the Newlands who carried banners of Elgar’s marriage much to the embarrassment of the cricketer.