Herschelle Gibbs gives it back to troll on Twitter after questioning South Africa's team selection
Former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs shut down a Twitter user after he tried to troll him for questioning the selection of Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn in the first Test against India. South Africa lost the first Test of the three-match series by 203 runs in Vizag on Sunday after failing to chase down the target of 395 runs in their second innings as the Indian bowlers ran the show.
Bavuma, who is rated highly in the South African cricketing circle, has now played 37 Test matches for his country and scored 1734 runs at an average of just over 32 while de Bruyn has played ten Tests managing to score only 360 runs. The duo was far from impressive in the first Test against India a Bevuma returned with scores of 18, 0 and de Bruyn scored 4 and 10 runs respectively in the two innings in Vizag.
"Question is how long are they gonna persist with de bruyn and bavuma," Gibbs wrote on Twitter after South Africa's loss. A Twitter user tried to take a dig at the former batsman by asking him how many chances did he get to prove himself. Gibbs was quick to put him to place and replied, "Sorry I got 200 and 100 after 15 tests and you?"
Question is how long are they gonna persist with de bruyn and bavuma #INDvSA#sscricket— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) October 6, 2019
Talking about the first Test, India were always on the front foot after a sensational start from openers Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal in the first innings where the duo stitched a record 317-run stand for the first wicket. While Agarwal notched up his maiden double hundred (215), Rohit slammed a brilliant 176 to power India to a huge total of 502 runs.
In reply, South Africa rode on centuries from Dean Elgar (160) and Quinton de Kock (111) to post 431 runs in their first innings reducing the lead to just 71 runs. Rohit slammed his second successive hundred in the second innings en-route to a terrific 127-run-knock to help India post 323 runs on the board in the second innings and hand South Africa a might target of 395 runs.
South Africa crumbled in the chase on the final day of the Test match with the Indian bowlers dominating the proceedings. Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja picked up nine wickets between them to help India seal a 203-run win.