IND vs SA: Sachin Tendulkar Mocks South Africa's Poor Batting With Cryptic Tweet

Updated - 04 Jan 2024, 02:12 PM

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Sachin Tendulkar (Credits: Instagram)

World cricketing Legend Sachin Tendulkar who is known for his soft-spoken attitude, had a funny choice of words when describing South Africa’s dramatic batting collapse during the 2nd test against India at the Newlands Cricket Ground which saw the hosts getting all out for a 1st innings total of 55.

Their captain Dean Elgar had elected to bat first after winning the toss in what he also said looked to be a tricky pitch bat on. The track here in Cape Town had a little bit of similarity compared to the one we saw in the Centurion test. The Indian bowling as well as the batting line-up had plenty of loopholes there but in the 2nd test, the bowling department came out with a specific plan.

Rohit Sharma too had mentioned that he would have liked to bat first as well but he should be thanking Dean Elgar for not letting him do so. The pitch right from the very beginning produced bounced and helped the cause of the seamers with Mohammed Siraj making the most out of it.

The Hyderabad-born pacer registered career-best figures of 6/15 while Mukesh Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah played the supporting acts.

Sachin Tendulkar’s Cryptic Tweet Questions Longevity Of Test Cricket

While speaking about South Africa’s unbelievable fall, Sachin Tendulkar took to X (formerly Twitter) to give a funny remark on the way the match proceeded on Day 1. He used the context of 23 wickets falling on a single day which is the 2nd most wickets in a single day registered after 25 wickets fell in a 1904 test between Australia and England.

Sachin Tendulkar who stands as the highest run scorer for India on South African soil with more than 1000 runs, said that he was boarding a flight when India enforced a South African all out for 55, and by the time he landed and checked the score, South Africa were 3 wickets down.

He happened to miss India’s 2nd innings performance which saw them dip down severely after getting off to a decent start. If we try to decode the tweet from Sachin Tendulkar, then he might have also questioned the longevity of test matches after noticing that the 2nd test might not even last 3 days.

“Cricket in ‘24 begins with 23 wickets falling in a single day. Unreal! Boarded a flight when South Africa was all out, and now that I’m home, the TV shows South Africa has lost 3 wickets. What did I miss?” – Sachin Tendulkar wrote. 

He might have also taken a dig at the Indian batting line-up which failed to capitalize on the hard work of their bowlers in the 1st session. In the 3rd innings as well, India have picked up 3 wickets of Dean Elgar, Tony De Zorzi, and Tristan Stubbs.

The hosts will continue their batting on Day 2 with Aiden Markram and David Bedingham trying to cut the trail and stretch their lead to post a competitive target.


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