Dean Elgar doesn’t have to struggle to remember his last Test. Cricket history will remember this day. South Africa were bowled out for 55 runs in the second and final Test of the series against India yesterday.
South Africa set their own record for lowest all-out after comeback. But what India has done in Cape Town is not confined to its own boundaries. India set a world record on a terrible wicket in Cape Town yesterday.
India beat South Africa by just 1 wicket. Despite losing 4 wickets for 110 runs, Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul were pulling India. Reaching 153 runs for 4 wickets, how much did India do in the end? 153 runs! Rohit Sharma’s team lost the last 6 wickets for 0 runs.
India were all out for 153 runs in 11 balls. And that is the record of the fastest loss of 6 wickets without a run in history. The first innings of both teams ended on the first day of the Test in Cape Town.
Seeing such a scene, what former coach Ravi Shastri said in the commentary went viral instantly. Shastri, unable to find any simile in the description of the collapse, said, ‘Unbelievable. 153 to 153 all out for 4 wickets, India is all out for 153 runs when someone comes back to the toilet.’
There was laughter in the commentary room. Co-commentator Pomi Mbanga said with a laugh, ‘Or went drinking or whatever, if they took their eyes off the match for a bit…’
The crazy day didn’t end there. From 98 runs behind, South Africa went into bat in the second innings to score 62 runs, losing three wickets. The world witnessed the fall of 23 wickets on the first day of the Cape Town Test.
The discussion started with the Newlands pitch. Sachin Tendulkar was surprised to see the fall of 23 wickets on the first day.
Sachin XA (former Twitter) said, ‘The cricket of 2024 started with the fall of 23 wickets in one day, unbelievable! I was getting on the plane when South Africa got all out and I’m back home on TV and now I’m watching South Africa lose 3 wickets. What did I miss?’