'You guys are giving me a bloody heart attack' - Umpire Marais Erasmus to Indian team following vociferous appeals in Johannesburg

Day 4 of the proceedings has been affected by rain but the contest had a lot of thrill and excitement on day 3.

Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen
Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

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In what has been an eventful affair so far, South Africa and India have locked horns with each other for the second Test match at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Day 4 of the proceedings has been affected by rain but the contest had a lot of thrill and excitement on day 3.

Both the teams were putting in every effort to dominate the proceedings and that is what resulted in some intriguing verbal battles. The scenarios got so intense that even the on-field umpire Marias Erasmus could feel the heat. He thus passed an epic remark on how things unfolded and said that the entire course of action give him a “heart attack”.

The flued between India and South Africa on day 3

In the 10th over of South Africa’s second innings, Aiden Markram departed on the final delivery of Shardul Thakur’s over. However before the Proteas batter was out, the Indian pacer had twice appealed in the same over. This led to things getting charged up in the middle.

After the over, while the players were exchanging sides, Erasmus was heard saying: “you guys are giving me a bloody heart attack after every over” on the stump mic.

Things were pretty much the same in the entire match on day 3. India had started the day on a positive note with both Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane bringing in their half-centuries. However, Proteas prime pacer Kagiso Rabada brought back the momentum for his team.

He chimed in to send both the batters back to the pavilion in quick succession. When India had lost four wickets, Rishabh Pant walked onto the field. He then was sledged by Rassie van der Dussen. Eventually, the keeper-batter lost his wicket early on whilst playing a rash shot. This then gave rise to a lot of debates on his shot selection as the cricketing fraternity chimed in with mixed reactions on it.

Later, when Jasprit Bumrah came in to bat, things were charged up between him and the Proteas bowler. Marco Jansen seemed to be testing the patience of Bumrah as he struck with a barrage of bouncers.