Team India has in a good position in the first test versus South Africa. After scoring 502 runs in the first inning, India has got all out South Africa on 431 runs and takes the lead of 71 runs. Rohit Sharma gets a chance to open the inning for the first time in the test, and he has scored a brilliant century in the first inning while he already has scored fifty in the second inning and batting. During the second inning of India’s inning, an incident took place when Cheteshwar Pujara denied taking a single to Rohit Sharma.
This incident has taken place during the 26th over when Rohit Sharma guided a Dane Piedt delivery towards cover point. Having expressed interest in running a single, Rohit Sharma had to run back to his crease after Cheteshwar Pujara refused the same.
“Puji [Cheteshwar Pujara], bhaag beh****d,” Sharma was heard on the stump mic. Sharma’s words came more as frustration of India not scoring at a brisk run rate in a situation when they were required to do so.
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Ravichandran Ashwin after the end of day three of the first test
“To stay away from cricket itself was very tough for me. To substitute, I played whatever games I got. I tried and made an opportunity for myself to go and play some county cricket [for Nottinghamshire]. I tried and played the TNPL as much as I could, played some league cricket in Chennai,” Ashwin told reporters.
“It was very important to tick those numbers off because that is essentially where I came from. Going back and playing, there is probably the best thing that could have happened,” said Ashwin.
“My life has revolved around cricket for the last 25 years. I thought my life, my family everybody deserved a bit more of my time, so I tried to spend time away from the game. I discovered other interests [reading archaeology books was one of them]. I did not fret too much about the game.”