KL Rahul apologizes to Kagiso Rabada for his late dismissal
KL Rahul is largely the man of the moment in Indian cricket. The player of the first Test in South Africa for his scintillating 123 runs was named India’s captain for the upcoming three-match ODI series against the Proteas in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma. On Monday, Rahul had the honor of leading India in Test cricket for the first time as Virat Kohli was ruled out of the second Test against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg with an upper back spasm. Not only that, he remained unbeaten at lunch on the first day, surviving testing two hours of controlled fast bowling by the South African fast bowlers. In the midst of all this, Rahul also showed how humble he can be by apologizing to Kagiso Rabada.
In the fifth over of India’s first innings, Rahul was heard saying “sorry” to Rabada before placing his hand in front of the umpire. The reason for this was the late dismissal. Rabada was almost in his delivery stride when Rahul left. The stand-in Indian captain immediately said “Sorry KG” before turning back and apologizing for the slip cordon.
Rahul also held his hand to apologize to umpire Marais Erasmus, who was heard saying “Try and hurry up a bit please KL.”
Watch: KL Rahul says ‘sorry’ to Kagiso Rabada after late withdrawal
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With India opting to bat first, Agarwal was more aggressive towards the two openers on every scoring occasion. The change in bowling eventually worked for the Proteas as young Marco Jansson, who made his debut at Centurion, dismissed Agarwal for 26.
South Africa maintained an aggressive stand as Duane Olivier removed out-of-form Cheteshwar Pujara for just 3. The extra bounce from Olivier resulted in the ball headed towards the point where Temba Bavuma took a regulation catch. On the next ball, Olivier dismissed out-of-form batsman Ajinkya Rahane for a golden duck. Rahane became the 50th Test scalper for pacer Duane Olivier as India were bowled out for 49 for 3.
India somehow made 52 for three on the first day in Johannesburg to reach the 50-run mark, with captain KL Rahul scoring 19 and Hanuma Vihari scoring 4.
(with ANI inputs)
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