The Indian team, posting their lowest ever total in an innings in Test Cricket. sent shockwaves in the cricket-mad country. Former India opener Virender Sehwag, who was known for his explosive batting, took to Twitter to troll India’s dismal batting performance. None of the Indian batsman could get into double figures and Sehwag trolled the team’s worst batting performance by comparing it to an OTP that no one would like to remember. “The OTP to forget this is 49204084041 ,” Sehwag wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
After taking a solid 53-run lead in the first innings, the visitors were in a commanding position but a spirited performance from Australia’s fast-bowling duo of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, made a mockery of India’s widely-acclaimed batting line-up. India, who were ahead by 62 runs after the second day’s play, could only add 27 runs to their overnight score.
India were off to a disastrous start on day three of the ongoing first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval. The Virat Kohli-led side had the advantage when the day started. On day two, the visitors bowled out Australia for just 191 to take a handy lead of 53 runs. Earlier in the innings, India were all out for 244 despite being at 188 for 2 at one stage.
However, it did not take India long to throw away the advantage on day three. Inside the first hour of the play, the visitors lost most of their batsmen to find themselves reeling at 19 for 6 at one stage. Mayank Agarwal and Jasprit Bumrah started the proceedings on day three. India were on 9 for 1 when the day started.
It took Australia only two overs to make the first breakthrough when Bumrah was sent back by Cummins. The pacer then accounted for Cheteshwar Pujara for a duck even before India could add one more run after Bumrah’s dismissal. Things became worse when Josh Hazlewood dismissed Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane in his very first over to leave India reeling at 15 for 5 from 15 for 1.
And even before India could recover, they suffered the biggest blow when their talismanic skipper Virat Kohli was out for just 4 to leave the team at 19 for 6. The ongoing Test is Kohli’s last in the series as he will return home after the game to be at the birth of his first child. The likes of Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin could not deliver either as India were reduced to 31 for 9.
However, India fell six short of their previous lowest total of 42 runs, scored against England in 1974 at Lord’s.Cheteshwar Pujara , Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin failed to trouble the scorers, departing for a duck. While Cummins and Hazlewood deserve the praise, the Indian players’ inability to deal with the seam and swing was equally responsible for the collapse. Chasing 90 to win, Australian openers Matthew Wade and Joe Burns stitched a solid 70-run partnership for the first wicket as hosts reached the total with eight wickets left to take 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
At the time of compiling this report, India were on 36 for 9. Meanwhile, Twitter was quick to troll India for their disastrous batting display.