Virat Kohli is known for his energetic and aggressive behavior on the field. And when he plays in white jersey his passion and commitment doubles. However, he is a gentleman of the game and knows when to be aggressive and when to respect the opponent. Such an incident took place during the ongoing Test match in Cape Town which is also the farewell match for Dean Elgar.
It didn’t turn out to be a memorable ending to the Test career for Dean Elgar as he departed after scoring just 12 runs. He was caught at the slip by Virat Kohli off Mukesh Kumar’s delivery. However, the former Indian skipper won hearts with his gesture following Elgar’s dismissal. While Mukesh Kumar and other teammates were celebrating Dean Elgar’s wicket, Virat Kohli chose not to show cheering emotions and also gestured towards his teammates to refrain from showing aggression.
Virat Kohli then bowed down to Dean Elgar as he was walking back to the dugout after his final Test innings. The moment of respect from the legendary batter earns him netizens praise. This isn’t the first instance; Virat Kohli has demonstrated sportsmanship for opponents on the field. Previous incidents involving players like Steve Smith and Naveen Ul Haq have seen Kohli taking a stand for them.
Will #TeamIndia keep racking up wickets before the day's play?
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Meanwhile, Dean Elgar ended his Test career with 5347 runs and 14 centuries in 83 matches. He bid adieu as only the 8th South African to cross the 5000-run mark in Test Cricket. The 36-year-old batsman now retired from international cricket, however, he will continue to play for his domestic side, Titans.
Talking about the ongoing SA vs IND Test, the first day witnessed the fall of 23 wickets, showcasing the challenging conditions for both batsmen at Cape Town. On Day 2, the Proteas are set to resume their second innings at 62 per 3 wickets and are currently trailing by 36 runs. Aiden Markram has found his rhythm and he is playing on 36 runs. India will be hoping for a repeat of Day 1 on the next day.