No-balls are part and parcel of the game, but getting a wicket off it can be heart-breaking for the bowler and the fielding side. There have been multiple such instances where batsmen have got reprieves because of the bowler overstepping. And one such incident took place on Day 2 of the ongoing second Test between India and South Africa in Pune.
Virat Kohli got a life soon after completing his double century as Senuran Muthusamy had him caught at slip for 208, but it turned out to be a no-ball.
During India’s first innings, South Africa bowled 11 no-balls, but the surprising fact was that left-arm spinner Muthusamy bowled five of those. But this one would have certainly hurt him the most as an outside edge had finally carried to Faf du Plessis, who had taken a sharp catch.
Though the Indian skipper had already hurt the Proteas by then, he went on to add another 46 runs and ended unbeaten on 254 as India declared at 601/5.
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Earlier, Kohli completed his seventh double hundred and also reached 7000 runs in the process.
On the all-time list of most double tons by a player, Kohli’s double ton now puts him joint at the fourth position, along with Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and Wally Hammond of England.