Updated December 29th, 2023 at 18:53 IST

Not Virat or Rohit! Irfan Pathan names who is the 'Sankatmochan' Lord Hanuman of Indian cricket

South Africa defeated India in the first Test by an innings and 32 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Reported by: Vishal Tiwari
Irfan Pathan | Image:PTI

Irfan Pathan, the former all-rounder of the Indian cricket team, praised KL Rahul's resilient century on the second day of the first Test match against South Africa in Centurion, drawing a parallel to ‘Sankatmochan’ Lord Hanuman. Despite frequent wickets falling at the other end, Rahul emerged as India's standout performer, enabling them to reach a commendable total of 245. 

3 things you need to know

  • KL Rahul scored a classy century in the first Test match
  • Despite his effort, India lost by an innings and 32 runs
  • India have never won a Test series in South Africa

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Irfan Pathan calls KL Rahul ‘Sankatmochan’

Irfan Pathan shared a video of Rahul's batting on social media, captioning it as "Sankatmochan" (an alternate name for Hindu deity Lord Hanuman). Rahul showcased his batting prowess in the middle-order, contributing 101 runs to India's total, featuring 14 boundaries and four sixes.


Apart from KL Rahul, none of the other Indian batsmen were able to make their mark. Kagiso Rabada picked up a five-wicket haul in the first innings as India were bowled out for 245 runs. South Africa then scored a mammoth 408 runs in response with Dean Elgar hitting a century. 


Dean Elgar smashed 185 runs for his team in their first innings, helping South Africa take a solid lead in the match. The Proteas then bowled India out for just 131 runs to win the match by an innings and 32 runs. This is India's biggest-ever Test defeat on the South African soil.  



Published December 29th, 2023 at 18:43 IST