Indian bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur was frustrated with South African batter, Temba Bavuma, on Day 4 of the Johannesburg Test which led to verbal abuse from the former.
As South Africa inched closer to their target, Indian shoulders began dropping. Bavuma and Dean Elgar were cantering along in the run chase. In the process, there was an incident that led to Thakur losing his cool.
While taking guard, Bavuma pulled out at the last moment. Just a couple of balls later, Bavuma did the same thing again and this time around, Thakur wasn’t having any of it. There was some disturbance near the sightscreen which offset Bavuma but the 29-year-old Thakur let out his frustration.
Thakur was heard in the stump mic abusing Temba “What the F**k”. The Indian all-rounder was warned by the umpire Allahudien Paleker.
Watch Shardul Thakur curse at Bavuma here:
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South Africa level series with a 7-wicket victory
Dean Elgar led the way in the run chase with an unbeaten 96 as South Africa leveled the 3-match series 1-1. The final Test will be played in Cape Town where both teams have a chance to win the series and crucial World Test Championship (WTC) Points.
Indian bowlers were completely off the mark as they had an off day in an overseas Test after a long time. The pitch did offer some assistance but Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami’s ineffectiveness hurt the visitors as they ended up losing by 7 wickets.
For the next match, Virat Kohli is expected to return and his energy will bring a positive change in India’s body language, which seemed to have gone missing as they began falling behind in the Test.