In a bid to redeem themselves after a disappointing loss in the first Test, the Indian cricket team showcased a commanding performance on the ongoing Day 1 of the second Test in Cape Town against South Africa. Needing a win to draw the series, India gained a clear upper hand by bowling out South Africa for just 55 runs. Mohammed Siraj emerged as the hero with a remarkable six-wicket haul, delivering a fearsome spell of fast bowling in the first session.
Virat Kohli’s spiritual gesture steals the show
Amidst the cricketing action, it was Virat Kohli‘s spiritual gesture that captured the headlines. During the fifth delivery of the 16th over, when Siraj dismissed Marco Jansen with an away-shaped delivery, the Cape Town DJ played the renowned Hindu mythological music, ‘Ram Siya Ram,’ as new batter Keshav Maharaj walked in.
Responding to the music, Kohli couldn’t resist himself and gestured as if he had a bow and arrow in his hand, symbolizing his aim. The Indian captain followed it up with a smile and made a prayer gesture, paying tribute to Lord Ram, celebrated across India and other parts of the world.
Here’s the video:
Virat Kohli when Ram Siya Ram song was played in the stadium.
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Musical connection unveiled by KL Rahul earlier
This isn’t the first time the musical connection has been highlighted. In the preceding ODI series between the two sides last month, India’s wicketkeeper KL Rahul pointed out how the DJ plays the same song whenever Maharaj comes to the crease for the first time. The rhythmic connection between the music and Maharaj’s entry has become a notable feature in the recent cricketing encounters between India and South Africa.