Getting run out, and that too when in full flow, can be really frustrating for a batsman. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan's promising innings was cut short after a mix-up with skipper Virat Kohli in the first one-dayer against South Africa in Durban on Thursday. The left-hander looked in supreme touch before a direct hit from Aiden Markram ended his 29-ball 35 at Kingsmead.
Dhawan got a slight edge off a Chris Morris delivery and Kohli was quick to set off for a tight single. Dhawan hesitated for a second and then started running once he saw Kohli charging to the striker's end. But Markram swooped on the ball and his direct hit at the non-striker's end meant Dhawan had no chance. Dhawan, who was dropped after the opening Test defeat at Cape Town, was quick to vent his ire at the captain and raised his glove in protest. Kohli too raised his glove to say as if it was his call.
A visibly upset Dhawan was seen in an animated conversation with the Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar in the dressing room after his dismissal. But Kohli, who is the master of chases, ensured that India went on to win the match with a masterly 112. He added 189 for the third wicket in the company of Ajinkya Rahane (79) as India overhauled the target of 270 in the 46th over to go one up in the six-match series and end their jinx of never having beaten the Proteas in an ODI in Durban.
Dhawan had cooled down by then and was at the front row to cheer Kohli when the Indian captain notched up his 33rd ODI ton. All is well that ends well, isn't it?