KL Rahul’s on-field conversation with Keshav Maharaj goes viral

India beat South Africa by 78 runs in the third and final ODI of the series on Thursday, December 21 at Boland Park, Paarl. After being put in to bat first, the Men in Blue posted a good score of 296/8 in their allotted 50 overs riding on a splendid hundred from Sanju Samson. In reply, South Africa were 177/6 after 33.2 overs needing another 120 runs to win as Keshav Maharaj walked out to bat at number 8.

As soon as the tailender made his way out to the middle, a Hindu devotional song ‘Ram Siya Ram’ was played on his entry. Listening to it, captain KL Rahul told Maharaj that the DJ always plays that song whenever the South African batter walks out to bat. Rahul further asked if the song is played even when he comes on to bowl, and the left-arm spinner nodded his head in affirmation.

“Keshav bhai everytime you come, they play this song,” Rahul was heard speaking on the stump mic.

Watch the fun conversation here:

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India secured a series victory by defeating South Africa in the third ODI at Boland Park, Paarl. Opting to field, South Africa faced a challenging target as India posted 296/8, led by Sanju Samson’s maiden ODI century (108) and Tilak Varma’s 52.

Despite a promising start, South Africa stumbled in their chase, losing key wickets. Aided by Arshdeep Singh’s four-wicket haul, India sealed a 78-run win, clinching the series 2-1. Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan also contributed with two wickets each. Samson and Varma’s crucial partnership with Arshdeep’s bowling brilliance were pivotal in India’s triumph.