Ajinkya Rahane once again found himself in the midst of a stir on social media. The veteran batsman was dismissed for another low score of 9 on the first day of the third India vs South Africa Test match at Newlands in Cape Town, but what left the fans more upset was his decision to take. On the first ball of the 42nd over of the Indian innings, Kagiso Rabada hit a boundary from a nagging line around the off-stump. Rahane closed the face of the bat early and the ball was seen touching his bat and then the pad before reaching the wicketkeeper’s gloves. The South African players made a strong appeal and Rahane was given out by the on-field umpire.
India’s No. 5 was too quick to pick DRS, raising hopes of a reversal of the decision. But as it turned out, the replays showed a clear spike when the ball was passing through his bat. Rahane had to take back a long walk for 9 as India lost their fourth wicket.
To be fair to Rahane, the ball must have brushed his thigh pad soon after passing his bat, which may have created confusion in his mind, but Twitter users had nothing to do with it.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Ajinkya Rahane’s failed review
— Sanket Bohidar (@Creed_Indian96) 11 January 2022
— SABC SPORT (@SPORTATSABC) 11 January 2022
# Rahane Thought that his selection in the XI was not detrimental enough to the team’s chances, he decided he needed to waste a review on the straight edge to do justice. #INDvsSA #SAvIND https://t.co/tgyLjWKtWc
— Kunal Singh Pundir (@pundir_kunal) 11 January 2022
Hopefully this is not a review of Rahane’s career.
— Sudhanva Pathak MBBS (@pathaksudh) 11 January 2022
He went ahead in time and saw that India would not need that review. As Rahane does, it also depends on the needs of the team. https://t.co/wBsLK57MYa
— Alagappan Vijayakumar (@IndianMourinho) 11 January 2022
Rahane has not been in the best form for a long time. He showed signs of improvement with an aggressive half-century in the second innings at Johannesburg, but another low score on Tuesday created problems for the right-handed batsman.
Returning to the team after missing the last Test due to a back spasm, Indian captain Virat Kohli showed a lot of patience to take on the South African fast bowlers.
India lost their openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal early after deciding to bat first. This was followed by a solid partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara (43) and Kohli before Marco Janssen dismissed the former.
The three-match series is currently tied at 1-1. India are eyeing their first Test series win on South African soil.
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