India ended the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide on 23/6 and even if at times the match was even, it could have remained titled in the manner of India had it not been for the run out by Virat Kohli.
Kohli was hitting 74 and along with Ajinkya Rahane had added 88 runs for the fourth wicket before a horrible mess between the two saw the captain of India lose what could have been the first century of the year 2020. It was Rahane, a calling for the run and when Kohli responded, his teammate backed off, leaving Kohli stuck in the middle of the field to be exhausted.
Former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin weighed on the breakaway that dented India’s progress as two more wickets fell later, calling it the “big moment” of the day. “The big moment we’re talking about is that Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are exhausted. We know how important the last game session here is when the second new ball comes into play, ”Haddin explained speaking to Sony Sports Network.
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“You need your seed hitter to play and that time frame has just brought things back to Australia. And in the end, 6/233, it’s an even day, but it could have been a lot worse for both teams. “
But as long as it hit, Kohli looked like a million dollars. He started with caution against the moving ball and after biding his time, he watched in total control of the proceedings, which Haddin noted as well.
However, the former goalkeeper also pointed out that an important part of his slow start has to do with Cheteshwar Pujara’s approach. Pujara was only 18 on the first 100 balls he faced and scored his first border with his 148th ball. Eventually he was sent off by Nathan Lyon for 43 off 159 balls.
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“I thought he was just building his inning. He got better every 10 runs as he went on. He seemed in control and I think his momentum has been lost a bit since (due to) Pujara. They weren’t spinning the strike and sometimes Pujara got caught by one end and they were losing the pace of the game. It was influencing Kohli, ”Haddin added.
“But when Rahane came along, it looked like they enjoyed beating together. They ran well between wickets before that nightmare was over. He started to pick up a lot of pace in his game. Besides, it seemed Australia had no answers for him. He seemed in total control. He was playing on skills and not emotions as we have sometimes seen from him. The run out has come at the right time for us. “