Any regular followers of Indian cricket will know it's pretty rare to see Shikhar Dhawan mistime a hook shot.
However, on Tuesday, in the fifth one-day international match between India and South Africa, Dhawan fell to Kagiso Rabada after playing one of his favourite strokes. But it was actually a gesture from the young bowler immediately after which caught everyone's attention.
In the eighth over of the innings, Rabada had previously fired two back-to-back shorter deliveries. One had drifted down the leg side to go for a wide, while the other was edged down to the third-man area for a boundary.
Nevertheless, Rabada stuck to his plan and went in for another short ball, only this time he was on the money as Dhawan went for another hook, only to rest unfortunately in the safe hands of Andile Phehlukwayo near the boundary.
And whilst walking back, Dhawan received a wave of goodbye from Rabada, a gesture that could land him in trouble for breaching ICC's Code of Conduct.
As per the rules, pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion by a bowler or a fielder is a breach of Level 1 of Article 2.1.6 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel (the ‘Code’).
Fellow Indian Ishant Sharma was charged 50 percent of his match fee for a gesture towards James Pattinson during a Test between India and Australia in 2013 and may well be used as an example in any punishment Rabada receives.
India’s 73-run win was set up by opener Rohit Sharma (115) - his first significant score of the tour -and sealed by wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, the standout bowlers in the series and constant thorns in the side of the South African batsmen.
It secures India's first ODI series win in South Africa and came with a game of the six-match series to spare.
India have now overtaken their hosts as the top-ranked ODI side in the world and extended their run of series victories to nine.
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