Last Update on: January 15th, 2018 at 02:44 pm
After the second day’s play ended, India fast-bowler Ishant Sharma had said the team is pinning its hopes on Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya to take the second Test away from South Africa. India had finished the day on 183 for 5 and needed a partnership between the two on day three to get close to South Africa’s first innings total of 335.
“I think it’s pretty important partnership, obviously, because the way Virat is playing it is totally a different game. If Hardik gets going, he can take the game away from the opposition. After tea yesterday, the run out from him was a game changer for us. He backs his strength totally, and I am hopeful they will take the game away from South Africa,” Ishant had said.
However, Pandya let the whole team down with a mistake that is at best expected from a schoolboy. Kohli, who started the day on 85, looked in good touch right from the start and did not waste time in completing his century before Pandya did the mistake, much to the disappointment of commentator and former skipper Sunil Gavaskar who called the mistake ‘unforgivable.’
The run out took place on the first ball of the 67th over with the scoreboard reading 209. The all-rounder had played a Vernon Philander delivery towards mid-on and had set off immediately for a single. However, he was sent back by Kohli when he was already halfway down. But Pandya was still looking good to make his crease before the drama unfolded. The 24-year old took the whole situation very casually and lazily tried to make his crease. But in the meantime, a direct hit from Philander hit the stumps while Pandya’s bat and feet were still in the air.
Here is a clip of that run-out: