On Day 3 of the Johannesburg Test, Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Rahul Dravid enjoyed a pleasant moment in the dressing room after bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur blasted a beautiful boundary off Marco Jansen.
Kohli was forced to miss the second Test owing to an upper back spasm, which he initially suffered in 2018. As the visitors attempted to win their first-ever Test series on South African soil, KL Rahul took charge.
After a mini-collapse on the third day, Thakur and Vihari began rebuilding India’s second innings. Thakur, who has been outstanding with the bat recently, faced Jansen and struck him with a brilliant square cut with one leg raised in the air.
It has a “touch of Calypso” about it, according to Shaun Pollock. Kohli and Dravid were seen cheering from the dressing room, evidently enjoying the 29-year-old Thakur’s brilliant strokeplay.
On Day 2, Thakur had ripped through the South African batting order, finishing with magnificent figures of 7/61. Every time a relationship began to form, he was brought in, and the Mumbaikar delivered for the team on each occasion.
Thakur’s stats are the best by an Indian bowler on South African territory, as well as the joint-best bowling performance at the Wanderers venue since the Proteas were reinstated in 1992. It was also his first five-wicket haul, surpassing his four-wicket haul at the Gabba last year.
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