The cynics were made to eat humble pie as the Proteas responded with an assured batting performance and a disciplined bowling display after Elgar decided to bat first when another captain would have cowered.
“Very satisfying,” Elgar said after the match.
“To see the guys bounce back shows a lot of character, growth and maturity.
“To get the win the way we did in the second Test was brilliant for us.”
Elgar said his decision to bat first was tactical.
“Visually the pitch did look a lot different to the first Test,” said the 34-year-old.
“It was not as green and there was a lot less grass. It did look a little bit like a bat first wicket but I think because of what happened in the first Test the easy or soft decision would have been to bowl first after winning the toss.