Hardik Pandya’s lazy runout in the first hour of Day 3 of 2nd Test at Centurion cost India dearly. Hardik Pandya was out at 15 runs even though he was aiming to forge a big partnership with Virat Kohli, who had scored his first century of 2018 and the 21st of his career. The partnership of 45 runs came to an abrupt end after Hardik Pandya’s dismissal. The most unfortunate bit about his dismissal was that he had entered the crease well in time but forgot to drag his bat along the line, i.e his bat was still in the air. It was Vernon Philander took wicket. The irony is, Hardik Pandya had run Philander out in the first innings and now Philander has taken his revenge, in a way.
The runout was certainly not something India was looking for as Virat was in an ominous form and all he wanted was support from the other end. Hardik Pandya would be extremely annoyed with himself as this is not the way a professional is generally dismissed. India is still trailing and Virat Kohli would be hoping for India to bat well and take a substantial lead.
Here is how Twitter bashed Hardik Pandya over his careless dismissal:
— Prabhu _ _ (@Cricprabhu) January 15, 2018
Now which was more silly. Pandya or Phillander run out #INDvSA
— Nilanka Weeraman (@nsweeram) January 15, 2018
— Ankit Bera (@Ankit_Bera) January 15, 2018
— Kunal H. Bhatt (@haryankb) January 15, 2018
Pandya run out. Looked very comfortable at crease. A bit too comfortable, I guess. Forgets to slide the bat.
— Sport Minds (@sportNminds) January 15, 2018
Hardik Pandya was stupid and lazy for sure but calling him arrogant for his run out makes no sense. _
Nonsense Manjrekar. #INDvSA
— Sourav Roy (@iamsouravroy) January 15, 2018
Now please don’t go punch the locker room door, Hardik Pandya.
Don’t do what Ben Stokes once did in WestIndies.
It’s an unforgivable run-out. But you’ll never commit that again.#INDvSA#SAvIND@SPN_Cricket
— PK (@impkoppula) January 15, 2018
— Omkar Mankame (@Oam_16) January 15, 2018
Hardik Pandya @hardikpandya7 needed some more training from @msdhoni to be cool, faster before learning arrogance & overconfidence without equal competence from @imVkohli Daresay, this run out is ViratKohli overconfidence effect infection #INDvSA #INDvsSA #SAvIND
— Akhil Chaturvedi (@Akhil_C) January 15, 2018
— Pa1_ (@pawantheicon) January 15, 2018
— Vaibhav __ (@Vabby239) January 15, 2018
Punishment for careless run out – Pujara and Pandya both need to score hundred each in the second inning. #INDvSA
— Dr. Yatin J Patel (@yatinjpatel) January 15, 2018
— JerrY (@Ek_Tha_Engineer) January 15, 2018
— Hemant Abhishek (@hemant10) January 15, 2018
— Heisenberg (@pankito09) January 15, 2018
As we speak, India is 251 for 6 and Virat Kohli is batting at 117 along with Ravichandran Ashwin, who is on 19. India still trails by 83 runs.