Updated January 4th, 2024 at 12:14 IST

'23 wickets falling in a single day. UNREAL': Sachin Tendulkar left astounded by IND vs SA 2nd Test

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar expresses disbelief over the 23 wickets falling on Day 1 of Cape Town Test between India and South Africa.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
Sachin Tendulkar with Kapil Dev
Sachin Tendulkar with Kapil Dev | Image:PTI

South Africa battled to 62/3 at stumps in their second innings on the first day of the second Test match between South Africa and India at Newlands Cricket Ground, trailing India by 36 runs. Aiden Markram batted undefeated for 36 runs, but India's bowling attack, headed by Jasprit Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar, claimed important wickets. South Africa's choice to bat first after winning the toss appeared to be called into question by India's disciplined bowling. The match is in the balance as both sides try to gain an advantage in this vital fight, with India having a clear advantage heading into Day 2.  

3 things you need to know 

  • South Africa made 55 runs in their first innings and India made 153
  •  South Africa will from 62/3 on Day 2 to continue their second innings 
  • South Africa trails India by 36 runs

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Sachin Tendulkar was awestruck by the India vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 1

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar expressed surprise on Day 1 of the second Test between South Africa and India at Newlands, Cape Town. When the Proteas were bowled for 55 in their first innings, the renowned batsman, regarded one of the game's greats, stated that he had already 'boarded a flight'. Tendulkar expressed his amazement at seeing South Africa bat again after returning home. The sudden turn of events on the cricket pitch startled even Tendulkar, showcasing the sport's unpredictability and excitement. Sachin Tendulkar expressed his views on X, stating: 


“Cricket in ‘24 begins with 23 wickets falling in a single day. Unreal! Boarded a flight when South Africa was all out, and now that I'm home, the TV shows South Africa has lost 3 wickets. What did I miss?”

While Sachin Tendulkar was on his way, India's second Test against South Africa took an unexpected turn. India's fortunes changed dramatically after initially having a good lead of 98 runs at 153 for five in 33 overs. In an unexpected collapse, they lost six wickets in 17 overs without scoring a single run.

Contributions from Rohit Sharma (39), Shubman Gill (36) and Virat Kohli (46) showed promise, but the lower order succumbed to Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Nandre Burger's unrelenting pace assault.


On Day 1 at Stumps, the hosts were down by 36 runs in their second innings with seven wickets in hand. Aiden Markram's undefeated 36 off 51 balls, which included six fours, is critical to South Africa's comeback.

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Mukesh Kumar, who replaced Shardul Thakur in the Indian playing XI, made an impression by taking crucial wickets, notably those of opposing captain Dean Elgar and Tony de Zorzi. His performance was a bright spot in India's otherwise difficult day on the pitch.


Published January 4th, 2024 at 11:04 IST

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