The Test series between India and South Africa commenced at SuperSport Park in Centurion, with South African captain Temba Bavuma winning the toss and choosing to field. During the 16th over, in the Test debut of Nandre Burger, a moment gained attention as Virat Kohli‘s counsel to Shreyas Iyer was captured by the stump mic. Kohli advised, “Ball dekhte rehna hath mein uske, kidhar pakda rahega.”
Virat Kohli to Shreyas Iyer – "Ball dekhte rehna hath mein uske, Kidhar pakda rahega (Keep looking at the ball in his hand, where will it be held)
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In the initial phase of the game, India encountered challenges in their batting lineup, notably when Kagiso Rabada removed captain Rohit Sharma at a team total of only 13 runs. Yashasvi Jaiswal, the second opener, could only add 17 runs before departing at 23. Subsequently, Shubman Gill‘s dismissal further compounded India’s difficulties, leaving them at 24 for three.
The debutant Nandre Burger showcased exceptional bowling skills, significantly contributing to India’s early struggles. To stabilize the innings, experienced batsmen Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer took charge, guiding India to a total of 92 runs. However, post-lunch, Rabada continued his outstanding performance, claiming both Iyer and Kohli. Iyer succumbed to a nip backer, contributing 31 runs, while Kohli fell victim to an outswinger after adding 38 runs to the total.