South Africa on a High After Historic Test Victory, Graeme Smith and Mzansi Come Out in Praise of the Proteas

South Africa on a High After Historic Test Victory, Graeme Smith and Mzansi Come Out in Praise of the Proteas

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:53 PM
  • South Africa beat India for the first time at the Wanderers tadium to secure a stunning and historic test victory
  • South Africa's Director of Cricket Graeme Smith praised the performance of the team, describing it as one of the best ever
  • Social media is still buzzing following the historic victory yesterday at Wanderers as fans praise the Proteas

South Africans are still on a high after the Proteas put on a gutsy display at Wanderers to secure a historic test victory.

Social media has been buzzing since yesterday when Dean Elgar smashed the ball to the boundary to score the winning runs.

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Social media is abuzz as fans continue to praise the Proteas on their win. Even Graeme Smith was impressed by the victory. Image: Lee Warren/ Carl Fourie
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Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma remained unbeaten at the crease to guide South Africa to victory, CricInfo reported. Both have received tons of praise from South African cricket lovers with some Indian fans proving to be gracious in defeat as well.

Former Proteas captain and current Director of Cricket for South Africa, Graeme Smith, also took to Twitter to praise the performance of the team.


"No one gave SA a chance at Wanderers. Predominantly because of the phase we are in. Worse, we had just been suckered-punched by the retirement of our #1 Keeper for 4-5yrs. We took 20 wickets inside 2-3 days. Bro, this is epic."


"Hope this trend continues... We all want South Africa to be a good cricketing nation like it was before. I would want India to win the final test and win the series, but want to see a competitive test match. Cricket should expand and not just be reduced to 3-4 countries."


"It’s less about the team India and more about the determination shown by batters!! Elgar stood there for 5 hours taking blows and not bowing down to pressure and was supported equally by others!! All this on final day in hard playing conditions."

Petrus Vorster:

"For once in a long time, the Proteas stood up... Let's hope they can now be more ruthless in CT. I don't much care for the ODI and T20 cricket, but test cricket yes, and what KG did yesterday and Dean today is sparking some hope and believe again."

Jona Chacha:

"Well done Proteas for putting such a spirited performance. We are proud of you. All the way from Zim."


"This is one of the great test match victories for South African cricket. Roundly written off but they fought and fought to come through with a win. Fitting that Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma were out in the middle at the end. Stunning performance"

South Africa vs India: Dean Elgar skippers Proteas to historic victory at the Wanderers

Dean Elgar picked up where he left off from as he led South Africa to victory on day four of the second test against India, Sports Brief earlier reported. Chasing 240 for victory, South Africa chased down the total with seven wickets in hand despite rain affecting play during most of the day.

Elgar was resolute at the crease and finished on 96 not out, a true captain's knock, Sport24 reported. South Africa went into the day on 118/2 needing 122 runs more to win on day four. Despite a lengthy rain delay which lasted river five hours, the Proteas chased down the total when play resumed and only lost the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen in the process.

While India were chasing history with a series-clinching win, it was South Africa who made history as they beat India for the first time in a test match at the Wanderers. South Africa and India will contest the third match at Newlands from 11 January with the series level at one win each.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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