India’s newest Test opener Rohit Sharma was heard giving a piece of his mind to non-striker Cheteshwar Pujara after he denied a single on Day 4 of the 1st Test against South Africa at Visakhapatnam.
The incident took place in the 25th over, when Rohit stepped out of his crease and pushed the ball towards cover, looking to pinch a single. Pujara refused to run, which that did not seem to go down well with his partner. An irate Rohit lost his cool and screamed at Pujara: “Puji bhag b******d‘.” Rohit’s voice was caught on the stump mic.
Here is the video:
The incident did not escape the attention of England allrounder Ben Stokes, who came up with a witty tweet” “This time it’s Rohit not Virat….if you know you know”
Both batsmen went on to register respective half-centuries and extend their partnership to an unbeaten 154. India went into the tea interval with their score on 175/1, and a lead of 246 runs over South Africa.
Rohit has been in sublime touch in the two Test innings he’s opened in so far. In the first innings, Rohit registered his 4th Test ton as he scored 176, laced with six sixes. On day 4, in the second innings, Rohit got off to a brisk start with India looking for quick runs. He brought up his 11th Test fifty in 72 balls and surpassed Navjot Sidhu to hit most sixes in a Test match by an India cricketer.
Among the many records he broke, Rohit also became the only cricketer to hit seven consecutive Test fifties on home soil. He holds the record for hitting the most sixes for India in a single match (Tests, T20Is, ODIs). Besides, Rohit also has the most runs by a player opening for the first time in a Test. Currently, he has 226 runs, having gone past Kepler Wessell’s tally of 208 runs against England in Brisbane, 1982.