Virat Kohli got out for 5 in first Test    Getty Images
Virat Kohli got out for 5 in first Test Getty Images

Craze for cricket in India is well-known but it touched a new high, or low as one may say, as a 63-year old man sets himself ablaze after India captain Virat Kohli failed to play a big knock in the first South Africa Test. After India restricted South Africa at 286 in the first innings, India tumbled to 92 for 7. The South African pace attack proved lethal on Cape Town pitch as India’s top order failed to defend their wicket. Kohli perished to his weak zone of outside off-stump, edging one to the slip for 5 runs.

Kohli’s paltry innings affected Ratlam’s 63-year-old fan Babulal Bairwa so much that he put petrol on himself and tried to commit suicide. The Jawra Fatak Road resident was then taken to the nearby hostpital. Bairwa’s wife spotted him first, and interrupted him but he had severe burns by the time. His face and head was affected the most and hands burnt while attempting to put out the fire, reports Amar Ujala.

Suicide attempts due to disappointment in cricket is not new in India, as earlier people were reported to have committed suicide after India’s defeat remarkably so after India’s horrific 2007 World Cup campaign.

Hardik Pandya revived India’s innings after the initial embarrassment, playing a brilliant 93-run knock. He then bagged two wickets as India, 209, restricted South Africa at 65 for 2 at stumps of Day Two.