With the umpteenth boundary of India’s hefty first-innings total the ball jammed into the advertising cushioning on day two of the Proteas’ Test series opener at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
Fielder Vernon Philander and others spent an extended period looking for the ball beyond the boundary. Teammate Aiden Markram eventually showed Philander the rogue location of the ball.
TV commentator Graeme Smith and colleagues bellowed in laughter during the comical incident. Smith exclaimed, ‘Where’s Wally?’, referencing the British series of children’s puzzle books.
The books consist of a series of detailed double-page spread illustrations depicting dozens or more people doing a variety of amusing things at a given location. Readers are challenged to find a character named Wally hidden in the group.
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India eventually climbed to 502-7 declared on the back of opener Mayank Agarwal’s double-century. Fellow opener Rohit Sharma struck a complementary 176. They shared a 317-run partnership for the first wicket, which was reminiscent of the 340 amassed by Proteas duo Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis against India in Nagpur 10 years ago.
South Africa’s reply was hampered by the early departure of opener Aiden Markram on Thursday. He was bowled by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.