Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

India are currently in the driver’s seat after the end of the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town.

However, right before the final delivery of the day, a rather dramatic moment took place in the middle. Star India batsman Virat Kohli walked near the stumps and swapped the bails in a repeat of the previous Test.

Kohli had also performed the act to success in Centurion. Taking cue from England’s veteran speedster Stuart Broad’s similar act during the Ashes, Kohli swapped the bails in a bid to distract the batters right before the start of Jasprit Bumrah’s over in the 29th over of South Africa’s innings. Strangely, Bumrah dismissed Tony de Zorzi after the act.

Kohli attempted to do something similar right before Aiden Markram took the strike for the final ball. However, the act angered Markram and he appeared to make a complaint with the umpires. Subsequently, it prompted both Kohli and wicketkeeper KL Rahul to display their dissatisfaction.

But better sense prevailed soon as skipper Rohit Sharma intervened. He paused the game to engage in a discussion with bowler Mukesh Kumar. Despite the interruptions, Markram managed to play the last delivery effectively with a compact forward-defensive shot.