India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Cricket Fraternity Lashes Out at Hardik Pandya For His Casual Run-Out

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India vs South Africa 2nd Test: Cricket Fraternity Lashes Out at Hardik Pandya For His Casual Run-Out

Pandya was severely criticized by cricket fraternity and Twitterati after the all-rounder gifted his wicket to South Africa.

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:


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.”


Former India opener Aakash Chopra called it “inexplicable”.


Even Twitterati didn’t spare Pandya and expressed their disappointment and anger.






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.