Rohit Sharma’s supportive gesture toward Virat Kohli’s resilient 76-run innings in Centurion, amidst India’s challenging situation against South Africa in the first Test, was captured in a viral clip.

Despite India’s defeat in the Centurion Test against South Africa by an innings and 32 runs, Rohit Sharma, the skipper, didn’t let the loss overshadow Virat Kohli’s impressive innings on Day 3. Kohli’s resilient knock of 76 runs, comprising 12 boundaries and 1 six, showcased his refined offside strokes and powerful pulls.

Amidst India’s struggling innings, Kohli’s masterclass kept their hopes flickering. Captured in a viral clip, Rohit Sharma’s gesture of applauding and patting Kohli’s back after his dismissal highlighted the team spirit. However, India’s total of 131 saw only Kohli (76*) and Shubman Gill (26) reaching double digits.

India struggled in the first innings, conceding 408 runs to South Africa, where Dean Elgar’s stellar 185 dominated. Jasprit Bumrah led India’s bowling attack with four wickets, supported by Mohammed Siraj’s two, while Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna, and Ravichandran Ashwin claimed one each.

Facing a deficit and aiming to overturn it, India’s second innings began poorly. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma departed for five and zero runs, respectively, followed by dismissals of Shreyas Iyer (6) and KL Rahul (4). India’s batting woes continued as they managed a mere 131 runs, succumbing to an innings defeat by 32 runs.

South Africa’s Nandre Burger bagged four wickets, backed by Marco Jansen’s three and Kagiso Rabada’s two wickets.

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Last Updated on December 29, 2023

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