Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma involve in a friendly chitchat on Day 3; video goes viral

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma involve in a friendly chitchat on Day 3; video goes viral

It is to be noted that a plethora of rumors had galore in the past few months about a possible rift between the two superstars.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The third day of the Ranchi Test was a microcosm of the gulf that is there currently between India and South Africa. Leading into the third day, there were apprehensions as to whether the weather and bad light could play a decisive role in the outcome of the Test matches. By the time the proceedings ended, the talks had shifted to whether the play could be extended for half-an-hour with India needing just two wickets to complete what has been a total annihilation of the South Africans.

Having started the day at 9/2, South Africa had the worst possible start to the day when they lost skipper Faf du Plessis for 4.  The right-hander had his stumps knocked over when he was undone by a Umesh Yadav outswinger. A few hours later, du Plessis was trapped by a Mohammad Shami inswinging delivery.

Between these two dismissals, South Africa had lost nine wickets.  Their batsman had seen their stumps flying courtesy pace, accuracy, precision, and sustained hostility of the Indian fast bowlers, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. They had been forced to follow-on for the second consecutive time despite a brilliant half-century from Zubayr Hamza.

Hamza and Temba Bavuma had stitched a valiant partnership for the fourth wicket but the right-hander was undone by the accuracy of Ravindra Jadeja. Hamza’s wicket led to another collapse and by the time the Tea break came rolling India needed just six wickets to wrap up the game on the third day itself.

Like the first innings, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami came up firing all cylinders. The duo did not relent even after wrecking through South Africa’s top-order- Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Zubayr Hamza, Temba Bavuma. Dean Elgar, getting hit by a Umesh Yadav bumper, one that forced the visitors to opt for the concussion substitute in the form of Theunis De Bruyn, testified it to the hilt.

All smiles on Virat Kohli and Rohit’s faces

With Elgar getting hit, the umpires called it Tea, allowing the physiotherapist to have a look at the opener. India needed just six wickets to win the game and quite expectedly, the mood in the set-up was upbeat. One fan noticed it and uploaded a video where skipper Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma can be seen smiling away in a friendly chat.

It is to be noted that a plethora of rumors had galore in the past few months about a possible rift between the two superstars. The fact that Virat gave Rohit the opportunity to open in Test cricket should have been enough to burst all the myths by now but the video of them chatting away, may just prove as a death knell to all those rumors.

Watch the video