In an unfortunate incident, Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s fan, Babubal Bairva who had attempted suicide after the 29-year-old batsman had failed to score against South Africa in the Cape Town Test, passed away on Tuesday. The 65-year-old man from Ratlam was reportedly alone at his house when the incident took place on last Friday. A retired railway employee, Bairva was so upset watching Virat Kohli get out cheaply that he had reportedly poured kerosene on himself and attempted to self-immolate.
He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital. Bairva had sustained burn injuries on his head, face and hands. While speaking to media, the Do Batti Police Station Assistant Sub Inspector PS Alawa had said that Bairva accepted in his statement that he was too upset with the dismissal of Virat Kohli and set himself ablaze. The police also confirmed that the senior citizen was not drunk at the time of the incident.
Chasing a total of 208 runs against South Africa, India lost the match by 72 runs as the top-ordered surrendered in both the innings. Skipper Virat Kohli got out for just 5 runs in the 1st innings and scored 28 in second. South Africa’s wrecker-in-chief was Vernon Philander who picked up career-best six for 42 in the second innings to hand over hosts an easy win.
Speaking to media after the match, Kohli defended the selection of Rohit Sharma ahead of Ajinkya Rahane. “Well, we decided to go on current form. Rohit has scored runs in the last three Test matches that he has played, and he was batting well, even in the series against Sri Lanka,” he said in the post-match media conference.
Rahane, who has not been amongst the runs of late, had a successful tour of South Africa four years ago. With 209 runs, he was third highest run-getter in the series behind Kohli (272 runs) and Cheteshwar Pujara (280).
The second Test of the three-match series will be played in Centurion from January 13.