Dean Elgar was born on 11 June 1987. He is a South African cricketer, who plays Tests and ODIs, and a former Test captain. He is a left-handed opening batsman and a useful slow-left arm bowler. Elgar captained the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2006. He now plays for the Northerns cricket team and Titans cricket team in the major South African cricket competitions. He was included in the Northerns team squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.
Dean was selected for the Sri Lankan ODI series in early 2012 but had to withdraw citing injury. He eventually made his ODI debut against England in an rain-abandoned match, but found success in his second match, scoring 15 in his maiden innings before being bowled by Graeme Swann. Bowling his left-arm spin, Elgar had Craig Kieswetter caught out off only his third delivery in ODI Cricket. In the field, he took an incredible catch of Jonathan Trott then caught Eoin Morgan out in a South African victory.
On 28 December 2015 Elgar became the first South African to carry his bat in a Test innings since Gary Kirsten in 1997, when he finished 118 not out against England. For South Africa, their Test captain Faf du Plessis missed the first Test following the birth of his first child. Elgar replaced him as captain, leading South Africa for the first time.