After making a hard earned 74 off 180, Indian skipper Virat Kohli had to go back to the pavilion on the first day of first Test match between India vs Australia. He was dismissed in a sad manner. He had to go back to the dugout after a silly runout due to a bad call by Ajinkya Rahane. Legendary Australian spinner, took to Twitter to express his views about the run out.
India got the worst possible start to their first innings yesterday. The opening pair of Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Aggarwal failed to impress. In fact, youngster Shaw had to was sent off (dismissed) for a golden duck. It didn’t make things better for the Indian national side, who somehow managed to reach a respectable total.
All the responsibilities were on India’s most trustable batsmen, namely Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. While stepping into the field, the look on the Indian skipper’s face said it all. The captain was looking for a big innings. The intensity was just visible right through in his play and he looked focused.
Virat Kohli will not be available for the next two test matches due to his wife, Anushka Sharma’s pregnancy. He therefore wanted to make a mark before leaving and help Team India win. Kohli has not seen good form as a batsman in 2020. He had his struggles in IPL 2020 too and was slowly getting into his groove. Although there was very little cricket played this year, Kohli looked out of touch in almost all the matches that he played.
However, he was seemingly getting the momentum back in his innings in the first Test match against Australia. He looked sharp as ever and could have made a big score. The Kohli-Rahane partnership had scored as much as 88 runs and they were troubling the Australian bowlers.
Just then, Nathan Lyon came in to bowl and the excellent chemistry that was visible between Kohli and Rahane, faded away. A misjudged a run call by Rahane, took Kohli off guard and resulted in a silly run out. The Indian captain looked genuinely dejected by that. We know how Virat Kohli can be when he is angry and that expression said it all. Despite that, he did not let it out at that point, with Rahane apologizing immediately.
Shane Warne Tweeted out after that incident, “Disappointing to see the great @imVkohli get run out ! You could tell when he walked to the crease he wanted a big innings and was super determined! Such a shame for us cricket lovers.”
The Australian got huge engagement in that Tweet as the other cricket fans also started to give their opinions on the topic. Some people stood by Rahane and agreed that mistakes do happen “Feel for poor Rahane, the incident even got into his head and he could not sustain the pressure and culminates… But noone should be harsh on him, sometimes u can’t control the things. Rahane has been a fine batsman but is fighting his own self,” wrote a Twitter user.
On the other hand, some Indian fans praised Shane Warne for not blindly supporting Australia. They also complimented him for being the better person by appreciating the Indian skipper. There has been a heated rivalry between India and Australia over the years. Also, the Steve Smith-Virat Kohli rivalry has seen its divisiveness amongst the fans and Pundits alike. However, that did not seem to be the case with the former Rajasthan Royals’ skipper.
India managed to reach a score of 233/6 at stumps on the first day. However, coming on to bat on the second day, the Men In Blue gave away their wickets quickly and were all down for 244. It was not a pretty sight but they only had themselves to blame for this downfall. Credit to Australia for wrapping things up so quickly.
Fortunately, the Indian bowlers have finally showed their potential and are performing excellent well as we talk. Apart from a catch drop, Jaspreet Bumrah has been extraordinary till now. Both he and Ravi Ashwin have taken a couple of crucial wickets so far. Some good cricket has been played by both sides.
As of now, Australia have scored 73/4 after 38 overs. Marnus Labuschagne, whose catches were dropped by both Jaspreet Bumrah and Prithvi Shaw, is batting on 42*(74).