Team India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul was warned by the on-field umpire for pulling out very late off Kagiso Rabada’s bowling.
This is a memorable test match for KL Rahul as he is leading his team for the first time in international cricket. Earlier in the day at the time of toss, it was confirmed that Virat Kohli will miss the second test at Johannesburg during to an injury. KL Rahul was named as the captain for this test with Jasprit Bumrah his deputy.
Team India won the toss and opted to bat first. The openers did well for the first hour. But just when Mayank Agarwal was removed, India’s middle order collapsed once again. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane fell off in successive deliveries.
The incident took place in the 5th over of team India’s first innings with both the openers in the crease. KL Rahul was facing Rabada’s bowling. The stand-in skipper pulled out quite late to a ball from Kagiso Rabada. Rabada was streaming in to bowl the third ball of the over but the Proteas pacer had to stop at the last moment as Rahul pulled out. Rahul was not ready to face the delivery as he was continuously tapping the bat in the ground while looking at it. Rahul immediately looked towards Rabada and said “Sorry”. He also apologized to the players fielding in the slip cordon.
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Rahul also showed a hand towards Marais Erasmus and was seen apologizing. Erasmus was heard saying on the stump mic, “Try and be a little quicker please KL”.