The Indian cricket team, led by Virat Kohl, was beaten by South Africa in the second T20I of the three-match series at Centurion on Wednesday evening. Skipper JP Duminy played a responsible knock and took his team past the finish line after wicket-keeper Heinrich Klaasen’s blistering half-century had put the hosts in a comfortable position. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal had a match to forget as he smashed for 64 runs in 4 overs, with a wet outfield making his case even worse.
However, he wasn’t the only Indian cricketer who had a disappointing outing. Opener Rohit Sharma, who has had a mixed tour so far, also registered an unwanted record to his name. Asked to bat first, India lost Rohit for a first-ball duck in the second over of the match by Junior Dala. The Mumbai Indians skipper was caught in front of the wicket as he failed to bring his bat down in time.
After this knock, Rohit Sharma holds the record of most number of ducks by an Indian in T20I – four. Rohit went fast former Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra and all-rounder Yusuf Pathan who have three ducks each. As expected, the Indian opener was trolled mercilessly on Twitter:
Hopeless Rohit Sharma gets Golden Duck.. seems he likes Gold more so getting Golden Duck..
— Vaibhav Survanshi (@VaibhavSurvansh) February 22, 2018
How cute is it:
Rohit Sharma is finding it tough to handle moving ball even in white ball cricket and team management was betting on him in tests.
— बाबा पेलण्ठनाथ| (@velawrites_in) February 22, 2018
Most centuries by Indian in T20I: Rohit Sharma..
Most ducks by Indian in T20I: Rohit Sharma..
— #HBLPSL #PSL2018 (@GeoSuper_PK) February 22, 2018
— Suraj Mourya (@smourya305) February 22, 2018
Whose blessings are with Rohit sharma? ????
— Azhar (@Azhar34_) February 22, 2018
— Sehban (@Farooquispeaks) February 22, 2018
It seems that the Rohit sharma is the most lazyloues dangerous cricketer in the world during his batting… You can see it while he plays. Perhaps he don’t know his value…
— Anand Mishra (@Anand150180) February 22, 2018
Rohit Sharma also joined the list of Indian openers to have scored a golden duck in T20Is. Apart from him, Murali Vijay (vs South Africa in 2010), Ajinkya Rahane (vs Pakistan in 2016) and KL Rahul (vs Zimbabwe in 2016) have walked off for a golden duck in T20Is.
Despite losing the first three wickets for just 45 runs, India managed to put up a string total of 188 runs in 201 overs. Manish Pandey and Mahendra Singh Dhoni stitched together a responsible partnership of 98 runs, helping India to a fighting total.