Not much has gone South Africa’s way in the ongoing Test series against India. India have made the tourists look like pedestrians and have already sealed the series by winning the first two Tests comprehensively. South Africa did start the series on a promising note when centuries from Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock helped them score 431 in the first innings of the Vizag Test.
However, that was not at all the precursor of the things that were to follow. Since then, the tourists have only headed in the wrong direction with the formidable hosts all over them. While not many gave South Africa a chance of winning the series or even a Test, many had expected them to give India a tough fight. South Africa have been one of the best traveling sides in recent years and thus there were high expectations from them.
However, the Proteas have failed to justify their tag so far. They could not even challenge India in the first two games let alone beating them. The inexperienced South African batsmen proved no match for the likes of Jadeja, Ashwin, Shami and others. And what made things worse for the tourists is their poor luck with toss.
Toss has always played an important role in deciding the outcome of Tests in India. Teams who bat first gain the upper hand more often than not. However, South Africa could not win the toss in the first two games and ended up losing both the games. And in order to change his luck with the toss, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis came up with an innovative idea for the toss of the ongoing third game.
Faf du Plessis brought his teammate Temba Bavuma with himself for the toss. The skipper let Bavuma call when Virat Kohli tossed the coin. But the move did not work as Kohli won the toss again and decided to bat once again. India will be aiming to win the third Test too and register their first-ever whitewash win over South Africa.
Twitter reacts to Faf du Plessis losing the toss
As soon as the cricketing world saw the toss incident, it could not help but take to Twitter to react. Fans, as well as experts, gave their opinion on Faf du Plessis’ decision to bring his teammate as the proxy captain. Here are some of the reactions:
Faf du Plessis tried some black magic but still lost the toss.
India batting first again… pic.twitter.com/3Pm7ALwXe4
— P₹akash $inha 🇮🇳 (@Predicto_Praky) October 19, 2019
When the maths teacher says probability of winning a toss is 1/2
Faf du Plessis – pic.twitter.com/xI8gXZPmU7
— The Funny Cricketer (@thefunnycric) October 19, 2019
Even Faf Du Plessis' proxy could not win the toss
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) October 19, 2019
Faf du plessis using Temba Bavuma as proxy for the toss (and still losing it) reminded a lot of Indians about gully cricket and it's unique set of rules. I think Faf should ask the organisers for a game of stone paper and scissors instead of regular toss!#INDvSA @cricbuzz
— Prithve Raj (@sirprithveraj) October 19, 2019
Faf du Plessis toss record in away Tests
First seven Tests: seven tosses won (Won 4; Lost 1; Draw 2)
Last seven* Tests: seven tosses lost (Won 0; Lost 6)#INDvSA
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 19, 2019
Don't know about the toss,but Faf Du Plessis has found a good replacement in complaints in Elgar 😭😂 #INDvSA
— Udit (@udit_buch) October 19, 2019
Faf du Plessis may have lost the toss but he kinda wins by actually getting Temba Bavuma as proxy captain to'change' his luck😂 https://t.co/FaJzh8lvt9
— ZENIA D'CUNHA (@ZENIADCUNHA) October 19, 2019
Amidst all that chaos at the toss, the most hilarious was Karthik nearly shouting Temba won the toss before Virat Kohli showing up in front of his face made him swallow his words.#INDvSA https://t.co/9p7cpmdE4L
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) October 19, 2019
🤣Proxy captain https://t.co/8oDYWJVKzP
— Nithin Madhavan (@NithinBds) October 19, 2019
What's this?. 🤣🤣🤣 never seen anything before like this @faf1307 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/D5eIeuWEGY
— shivuvirat (@shivuvirat) October 19, 2019
whaaaat 😂 faf rly sent some one else for the toss..oh godd https://t.co/IMqZ4fy5rR
— Saurabh Desai (@sau_desai) October 19, 2019
Everyone can't have @ahealy77 in their side for change in fortunes. Especially for the coin toss😜 https://t.co/XyxBILfGT0
— Prasanth Vangap (@Prash_Royce) October 19, 2019
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