Team India pacer Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers for his figures of 4/60 on Day 1 of the second Test against Australia at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Friday, February 17. India were asked to bowl first after Pat Cummins won the toss again. For the second Test in a row, the hosts cleaned up the visitors on the opening day.
Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar reckons that Australia were spooked by their own media, who vehemently made shocking claims about the Nagpur pitch in the build-up to the Test. Gavaskar added that if Australia are smart, they would tell the media to let them play the game
When Todd Murphy was handed a Test debut in Nagpur by the Australian team, not everyone was convinced about the decision. However, two days into the Test against India and 22-year-old Murphy has emerged as the standout performer for the visitors
The Indian team management has clarified details of a video featuring all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj that went viral on Day 1 of the Nagpur Test against Australia. In the clip, Jadeja is seen taking a substance off Siraj’s hand and applying it on his left index finger.
The emergence of Shubman Gill as a strong opening option across all formats of the game has made life tougher for KL Rahul. India’s Test vice-captain opened the batting with Gill in Bangladesh. While the latter registered his maiden Test ton, Rahul failed to play a single innings of note. Now, with Rohit Sharma available for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India might have to pick between Rahul and Gill for the opening slot.
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has opened up on Ian Healy’s comments that Australia will have an advantage in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against India if pitches are not ‘unfair’ (referring to rank turners). Chappell pointed out that Australia are not playing at home, hence they shouldn’t expect friendly conditions.
Experienced Indian middle-order batter Cheteshwar Pujara has termed his exceptional performances during the tour of Australia in 2018-19 as the best of his career. Pujara was the Player of the Series for amassing 521 runs in four Tests as India registered their maiden Test series win Down Under.
Former Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson has urged Pat Cummins and co. to be patient against Indian batter Virat Kohli during the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy. According to Thomson, the Australian bowlers will have to keep Kohli quiet during the Test series and force him out of the comfort zone