New Delhi: South African skipper Aiden Markram had brought in Morne Morkel to rip off the formidable 105 runs second-wicket stand of India between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The plan was a success for the hosts as Indian skipper Virat Kohli was run-out in a mix-up. But little did they know that the Kohli and Rohit Sharma have a past long and rather sheepish history in this segment, despite the duo being one of the most prolific partners at the crease. And Port Elizabeth crowd on Tuesday evening witnessed seventh such instance of their run-out goof up as Kohli walked back in disbelief towards the dressing room. (IND vs SA, 5th ODI: LIVE Blog)
It was in the 26th over of their innings. Kohli and Rohit had just strolled past the 100-run mark for the second wicket. Morkel was into the attack and Rohit was at the strike. The third ball of the over, length delivery angling it in as Rohit tapped it down in front of point. He called in for the run and then immediately stopped after noticing the ball, but Kohli had sprinted down halfway through the pitch only to hear a ‘no’ from Rohit leaving him strangling closer to the striker’s end. The skipper did make an attempt at a miracle, but JP Duminy castled down the stump at the runner’s end with a low under-arm throw and put an end to India’s hope.
Kohli looked in complete disbelief as he walked back towards the pavilion while replay continued on the giant screen. Camera later caught the 29-year-old all furious in the dressing room.
It was for the seventh time in their 62 stands in ODIs that the duo were involved in a run-out trouble, with Kohli suffering on five occasions and Rohit twice. Out of these five times, twice has Rohit gone on to score a double century and thus questions were up on Twitter whether another of an instance would be noticed at St Goerge’s Park.
Rohit went on to score his maiden ODI ton in the Rainbow Nation lacing 10 boundaries and four sixes, breaking his horror streak in the tour so far.