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“Kohli ko back spasm kya hua, team ki toh kamar hi toot gayi” – Fans react as South Africa beat India in 2nd Test to clinch a historic win in Johannesburg

While Graeme Smith hailed South Africa's victory as one of their greatest Test wins ever, Irfan Pathan expressed his disappointed on Twitter.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 7 January 2022 9:57 am

After India clinched a famous victory in Centurion in the 1st Test, South Africa bounced back in some style as they registered their first-ever win over India in Johannesburg on Thursday. Chasing a challenging total of 240, the Proteas showed incredible grit and courage to hunt down the target with 7 wickets in hand, on the back of a brilliant captain’s knock from Dean Elgar (96* off 188 balls).

Former cricketers were quick to give their opinions on the thrilling game of cricket which transpired at the Wanderers for the last four days. While Wasim Jaffer was in complete awe of Elgar’s ‘over my dead body’ attitude during the match, Graeme Smith hailed South Africa’s victory as one of their greatest Test wins ever. Meanwhile, Irfan Pathan looked slightly disappointed as he felt that India could have done better.

Just like the experts, the fans across the globe were also flooding the social media platform with continuous tweets. Something that many people pointed out was that just like how India breached the fortress of the home side in Centurion, South Africa did the same in Johannesburg where the visitors had never tasted defeat before.

One of the users went on to hint that with the deciding contest set to be played in Cape Town, India might have an edge according to this trend as they have never won a match there in past.

As expected, the netizens were also full of praise for SA skipper Dean Elgar who led from the front. The left-handed batsman was notably the lone warrior for the home side when they were defeated by India in 2018 in Johannesburg. Hence, people were delighted to see him hitting the winning runs and getting his much-awaited moment of redemption.

However, the most common talking point on Twitter was regarding the player who did not even play this match. The Indian fans admitted that they missed Virat Kohli – the captain, whose energy and aggression was missing from the side when they were defending the target. Notably, India have never lost a match (on 27 occasions) while defending a 150+ target under King Kohli. One user hilariously went on to state that with Kohli suffering from back spasm, the whole backbone of Team India was broken.

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