Team India’s stand-in captain for the Wanderers test KL Rahul was involved in a heated verbal exchange with the Proteas skipper Dean Elgar after the latter fell to Marco Jansen. The 29-year-old managed to score just eight runs.
The incident took place in the seventh over of team India’s second innings on Day 2. KL Rahul nicked a delivery off Marco Jansen’s bowling which was caught by Aiden Markram at the second slips. Markram dived in front of him to get hold of the ball. The on-field umpires gave the soft signal ‘OUT’ and further referred it to the TV umpire.
The 2D cameras showed from one angle that the ball dipped in front of Markram’s hands while on another angle the ball just carried. However, the third umpire is convinced that the fingers are underneath the ball and so he stays with the decision of the on-field umpires. The TV umpire does not have conclusive evidence to reverse the decision of the on-field umpires and so he gives it ‘OUT’ in the big screen.
KL Rahul was asked to make a walk to the pavilion. While walking towards the pavilion, Rahul heard something from the South Africa’s hurdle. The Karnataka based cricketer looked unhappy with what he heard and so he turned back and said something to the Proteas players. Dean Elgar was quick enough to give a response. The verbal exchange continued for a while until Rahul walked to the pavilion.
The video of the same has gone viral in the net.
A similar incident took place with Rassie Van Der Dussen in the SA’s first innings. Van Der Dussen nicked the ball which dipped in front of Rishabh Pant’s gloves. But Van Der Dussen quickly walked to the pavilion so there was no way for the decision to get reversed.
At the end of the day’s play, Team India have taken a 58 run with the loss of both the openers. At stumps on Day 2, Cheteshwar Pujara was on the crease along with Ajinkya Rahane.