Mayank Agrawal and Rohit Sharma troubled the South African bowlers as they piled up runs with ease on Day 2 of the first Test in Vizag on Thursday. While the dominance of the Indian batsmen left the visitors frustrated, a funny incident which happened in the 129th over of the Indian innings, provided them with a comic relief. The incident occurred when South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock failed to collect the ball and it raced away behind him for four runs. Till now everything was normal, something which happens on the field on a regular basis but the funny part was about to follow.
After the ball reached the boundary rope, it got stuck between two advertisement cushions and the fielder Vernon Philander who was chasing the ball started looking for it beneath the covers which were placed behind the rope. For next couple of minutes he was clueless about the ball’s location.
Philander was then joined in by a couple of reserve players from the bench but to no help. In fact, even one of the groundstaff members failed to spot the ball. All this while, the TV cameras showed the ball stuck between the cushions but the players had no clue whatsoever.
South African opener Aiden Markram probably saw the footage on the giant screen and came to his teammates’ rescue and retrieved the ball.