During the second Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park, Indian captain Virat Kohli led by example with his batting as India stayed in contention. Kohli led India’s fightback with a brilliant 153 but the visitors were bowled out for 307, handing South Africa a vital lead of 28 runs on day 3 of the Centurion Test.
Kohli was well backed up by Ravichandran Ashwin who hit an impressive 38; however, India were left fuming at Hardik Pandya’s dismissal who casually did not ground his bat. The wicket came as a huge blow for the visitors given that Pandya and Kohli had added 45 runs for the sixth-wicket stand when the incident happened.
Pandya throwing away his wicket like that in times other batsmen are finding it tough to stay on the crease, irked many Indian fans. In what appeared to be a casual walk, he was seen dragging the bat back to his crease after being said no for a run by his non-striking partner Kohli.
In the commentary box too, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar along with Sanjay Manjrekar, lashed out at the talented all-rounder for being dismissed in such a poor manner. While Manjrekar branded Pandya’s attitude as “arrogant,” Gavaskar said: “Casual. No not just casual, that is unforgivable.” They also gave the example of Sachin Tendulkar, whose confidence never translated to arrogance throughout his long and illustrious career.
See his dismissal below:
— Waѕiyullah Budye (@WasiyullahB) January 15, 2018
Former cricketer Aakash Chopra called Pandya’s dismissal a “schoolboy error” which could possibly cost India the match.
Schoolboy Error…..could possibly cost India the match. Inexplicable. #SAvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 15, 2018
Twitterati too couldn’t digest his dismissal and went out with memes.
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 15, 2018
Pandya is like : Ohhh mai to bat drag karna hi bhool gaya…
— MYRJ Niketa (@rjniketa) January 16, 2018
Hardik Pandya: Silly run out,
Cheteshwar Pujara: Silly run out,
R. Ashwin: Near silly run out,
Ishant Sharma: Near comical run out.
You know why? No?
Well, I ask you: Does India have a “running between the wickets coach”?
Well, duh! That’s why! #RSAvIND
— Mohan Krishnamoorthy (@mohank) January 16, 2018
This is what you call digging your own grave.
When you play just 5 specialist batsmen & Rohit Sharma one of them.
You also drop Bhuvi who can bat; drop Rahane who has sound technique in these conditions.
Pujara, batsman with technique & the in-form Pandya get run-out.#SAvIND
— Ajay Srinivasan (@Ajaychairman) January 15, 2018
Mondays are hard. pic.twitter.com/uWVVQ0Mf7B
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) January 15, 2018
*Relatives watching my failures* pic.twitter.com/48777p2ifG
— Akshay Jain (@AkshayKatariyaa) January 15, 2018
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 15, 2018
— Hariharan Durairaj (@hari_durairaj) January 15, 2018
— Prabhu 🏏 (@Cricprabhu) January 15, 2018
Me: Sirf ek night padhke exam pass kar lunga!
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) January 15, 2018
The run out also gave some the déjà vu.
— Omkar Mankame (@Oam_16) January 15, 2018
South Africa had won the opening test of the three-match series by 72 runs in Cape Town.