Indian captain Virat Kohli and the head coach, Rahul Dravid, shared an enjoyable moment watching from the dressing room as the bowling all-rounder, Shardul Thakur, smashed a gorgeous boundary off Marco Jansen on Day 3 of the Johannesburg Test.
Kohli missed out on the second Test due to an upper back spasm, an injury that surfaced first back in 2018. KL Rahul took over from him as the visitors looked to win their first-ever Test series on South African shores.
During India’s second innings, Thakur and Vihari began rebuilding after a mini-collapse on the third day. Thakur, who has been impressive of late with the bat in hand, took on Jansen and played a beautiful square cut with one leg up in the air.
Shaun Pollock described it as a shot with ‘a touch of Calypso’ in it. Seen applauding from the dressing room were Kohli and Dravid, who clearly enjoyed the glorious strokeplay from the 29-year-old Thakur.
Watch the boundary that Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid enjoyed here:
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Thakur had earlier run through the South African batting lineup on Day 2, ending with stunning figures of 7/61. He was brought on every time a partnership began brewing and the Mumbaikar delivered for the team on each of the occasions.
Thakur’s figures are the best for an Indian bowler on South African soil and also the joint-best performance by a bowler at the Wanderers stadium since Proteas’ reinstatement in 1992. It was also his very first five-wicket haul, bettering the four wickets he had taken last year at the Gabba.