India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Cricket Fraternity Lashes Out at Hardik Pandya For His Casual Run-Out
New Delhi: Hardik Pandya was severely criticized by cricket fraternity and Twitterati after the all-rounder gifted his wicket to South Africa in the first innings of the second Test at Centurion. Pandya, who was building a solid partnership with Virat Kohli, lost his wicket due to casual behaviour as the Baroda player failed to drag his bat across the line even after having all the time in the world to reach home safe.
Pandya was trying to steal a quickie in the 68th over but was sent back by Kohli. However, instead of running back, the 24-year old decided to casually stroll to the crease and paid for his lazy behaviour as Vernon Philander had a direct hit while Pandya’s bat and foot were both in the air when the ball hit stumps. Watch the video of the run-out here:
— Waѕiyullah Budye (@WasiyullahB) January 15, 2018
Pandya’s poor and lazy running raised many eyebrows and cricket fraternity thrashed the all-rounder for such careless behaviour. While cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar termed Hardik Pandya’s callous run-out as ‘unforgivable’ on commentary, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar took to Twitter, saying: “Early lesson for Hardik Pandya that this game will come to bite you back if you let confidence become arrogance.”
Early lesson for Hardik Pandya that this game will come to bite you back if you let confidence become arrogance.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 15, 2018
Former India opener Aakash Chopra called it “inexplicable”.
Schoolboy Error…..could possibly cost India the match. Inexplicable. #SAvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 15, 2018
Even Twitterati didn’t spare Pandya and expressed their disappointment and anger.
Hardik Pandya balancing out all the good things he has done on the tour. If you don’t respect the game enough, it’ll come back to bite you hard. #SAvIND
— Aakash Bang (@ABCricket19) January 15, 2018
Everyone talked about the importance of the first hour, and how it can change the landscape of this game.
Hardik Pandya’s carelessness has overturned everything. #SAvsIND
— Gautam Sodhi (@GautamSodhi1) January 15, 2018
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 15, 2018
Woah! What happ there.. i hope u didnt bet ur money on pandya.. quite a let down i must say.. cant make such mistakes in international cricket.. or was it being lazy, over confident or simply inexperienced..
— Sajid Khan (@sajidkhan99) January 15, 2018
— Karan Arjun (@KaranArjunSm) January 15, 2018
Meanwhile, India, who were all out for 307, have already removed Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla to put pressure on South Africa in the second innings. The visitors, however, failed to take the lead in the first innings and trail by 60 runs while the time of writing this report.