The ongoing ODI series between South Africa and India has given rise to a new rivalry in world cricket – Temba Bavuma vs Virat Kohli. It all started when Kohli had thrown a ball in anger towards Bavuma when the latter was batting in the opening clash of series. The duo had then exchanged a few words and neither of them looked in any mood to back out.
It was then followed by Temba Bavuma presumably kicking the ball after taking an easy catch of Kohli in the second innings, sending the former Indian captain back to the pavilion. It was 1-1 for both of them in 1st ODI and while fans thought that it had ended, it was not the case!
Coincidentally, in 2nd ODI, Virat Kohli once again lofted the ball up in the air which went straight into the hands of Temba Bavuma. The SA captain, just like the previous match, did not say anything to Kohli but it was his actions which told the entire story.
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As soon as he took the catch, Bavuma threw the ball towards the direction of the umpire in style. While Kohli’s dismissal is usually celebrated wildly by players across the globe, the cool, calm and composed reaction of Proteas captain clearly reflected that he was not getting unfazed by all the fuss and talks about his rivalry.
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The 31-year-old is just letting his actions and performance do all the talking and it seems to be working for him and his side. Having got one more over Kohli, the former Indian captain would now be hoping to return the favour in second innings.
After Kohli’s dismissal, India paved their way back into the contest with a fantastic partnership between KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. At the time of writing, the score read 141/2 in 25 overs.