Team India kick-started the 2024 calendar year on a positive note by clinching the historic Test against South Africa in Cape Town to level the two-match Test series. Following the overseas assignment, the Indians returned home to feature in the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan. The T20I opener came to a close yesterday at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
During India’s innings, a serious miscommunication happened between skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. In the second ball of the first over, Fazalhaq Farooqi delivered a fuller-length ball, to which, the Indian skipper nonchalantly punched the ball towards the off-side. Rohit Sharma sensed that there was a clear opportunity to take the single since Ibrahim Zadran, stationed at mid-off didn’t collect the ball cleanly.
Rohit Sharma absolutely furious with Shubman Gill after a run-out
Although Ibrahim Zadran managed to stop the ball, it took him a bit of time to collect the ball and throw it towards the wicketkeeper’s end. In that short gap, Rohit Sharma quickly ran towards the non-striker’s end for a single. However, his partner Shubman Gill didn’t respond to his partner as he remained standstill at the non-striker’s end.
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Rohit Sharma was absolutely furious with Shubman Gill as the latter didn’t respond to him when there was a chance to make it to the striker’s end. The horrible mix-up between the duo resulted in a run-out as Rohit Sharma made his way back to the dressing room without scoring. Soon after the dismissal, Rohit Sharma vented his frustration by explaining that there was a chance for a single and the video clip went viral on social media.
The Men in Blue switched gears across all facets of the game and deservedly clinched the first game to draw the first blood in the series. Rohit Sharma and Co are just a win away from sealing the deal. On the contrary, the Afghans will have to put up a clinical display to stay alive in the series. The second T20I will kick off on January 14, Sunday at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. The third and final T20I will begin on January 17 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.