When India came to bat in their second innings against South Africa on the fourth day of the first Test match, skipper Virat Kohli’s plan was clear. India appeared determined to quickly score as many runs as possible so that the visitors could be forced to bat with a few overs remaining on Saturday. But Rohit Sharma lost his partner Mayank Agarwal, who had scored a double century in the first innings, cheaply. Unfazed by the fall of an early wicket, Sharma continued to accelerate the Indian innings, but Cheteshwar Pujara, who had replaced Agarwal, did not appear to reciprocate the Indian run-machine. Frustrated by his lack of ability to steal singles, Sharma vented out his frustration at Pujara. But his expletives-laden reaction was caught by the stump mic, prompting Twitterati to explode.
Sharma was heard saying, “Puji, Bhaag behe****d (Puji, run behe****d).”
— Ashutosh Sharma?? (@ashutosh381995) October 5, 2019
No sooner did the video of Sharma expressing his frustration at Pujara emerge on social media, Twitterati went berserk with many detecting plenty of humour in Sharma’s action. But the notable response came from England World Cup and Ashes star Ben Stokes, who tweeted, “This time it’s Rohit not Virat….if you know you know.”
Stokes was hinting at a similar incident when Kohli was heard using the same expletive during a match.
Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma – Divided by the Media.. United by Ben Stokes ?? pic.twitter.com/u7ExzBZCEz
— Rosy (@rose_k01) October 5, 2019
Since the word behe****d sounds similar to Ben Stokes if uttered quickly, this had left Stokes in splits. He had written then, “I may delete Twitter just so I don’t have to see another Twitter reading “He’s saying Ben Stokes” (When he’s clearly not) in reply to a video of Virat saying you know what. It was funny the first 100,000 times.”
This time it’s Rohit not Virat….if you know you know ?
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) October 5, 2019
Stokes’ response left former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh in splits as he responded with laughter emojis.
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 5, 2019
Pujara later admitted that he was finding it hard to bat freely early on in his innings but he became comfortable as the innings progressed. He went on to score 81 runs in 148 balls. In contrast, Sharma made 127 runs by facing just 149 deliveries. Rohit Sharma also hit 13 sixes, which is the highest by any batsman in a single Test match. He breaking former Pakistani all-rounder Wasim Akram’s record of 12 sixes in a single Test match.