India create history by enforcing follow-on on South Africa in 2nd Test in Pune
Follow-on in Test cricket was common till early 2000s. However, the trend saw an evident change post the famous VVS Laxman-Rahul Dravid marathon stand which rescued and led India to a historic win in the 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test in Kolkata. Since then, captains have been apprehensive in enforcing the follow-on on the oppositions.
When Day 3 of the ongoing second and penultimate Test between India and South Africa ended with Virat Kohli and Co. firmly in the driver's seat with a 326-run lead, the question remained as to whether India will enforce the follow-on or choose to bat for a few overs and impose a mammoth total for the Proteas. The former happened as the team announced the decision to use the follow-on card ahead of the fourth day's play. Thus, India created history in the process.
This became India's first-ever instance of enforcing the follow-on on South Africa. In addition, this became the first instance of Proteas having to follow-on since 2008. At that time, England had enforced the follow-on versus the African nation in the Lord's Test. The match ended in a draw as Proteas made amends from their horrendous first-innings outing and made England bowlers work hard for breakthroughs.
At the time of publishing this report, Proteas have already lost a wicket in their second essay with Aiden Markram falling without troubling the scorers. Ishant Sharma accounted for his scalp on the second ball of the penultimate day on Sunday (October 13).
Talking about Day 3, Indian bowlers continued their good show after Virat Kohli's 254 not out propelled India to 601 for 5 declared. While Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav shared five wickets in between, Ravichandran Ashwin was the star of the day with a four-wicket haul. He accounted for the wickets of skipper Faf du Plessis (64), Quinton de Kock, Keshav Maharaj (72) and Kagiso Rabada.
In addition, Ashwin joined Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and Harbhajan Singh to become only the fourth Indian to achieve 50, or more, wickets versus Proteas in whites.