During the day two of the four-day warm-up games between Cricket Australia XI and Indians at Sydney, while the Indian batsmen mostly dominated, the 19-year-old right-arm pacer Aaron Hardie was the only bowler to shine for CA XI.
While the other CA XI bowlers failed to pick up more than one wicket in that innings, Hardie bagged four wickets and finished that innings with the bowling figure of 13-3-50-4. His first victim in that innings was the no.1 Test and ODI ranked batsman Virat Kohli as the young man dismissed the 30-year-old right-handed batsman through caught and bowled on 64 runs.
Later, he led for India’s late batting collapse by dismissing Rohit Sharma (40), Ravichandran Ashwin (0) and Mohammed Shami (0) in quick succession.
At the end of the day, Hardie termed Kohli’s dismissal as surreal and feels very happy for his achievement. On the very previous delivery, Kohli hit him for a four and he was dismissed on the very next delivery.
Here's a moment 19-year-old Aaron Hardie won't forget: Virat Kohli caught-and-bowled for 64.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 29, 2018
Hardie said, “It was a pretty amazing feeling. It all happened very quickly. Because he was smacking me around the park a little bit and then next minute he hit one back to me. A bit surreal.”
Before The Ashes 2017/18, the young right-arm pacer Hardie (Western Australia) dismissed the English star batsman and the Test skipper Joe Root for just 9 runs during the two-day warm-up game between Western Australia and England at WACA (Perth).
Later, Hardie was selected in the Australia U19 squad for the 2018 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup after replacing injured Jason Ralston during the tournament. However, he didn’t play a game in that tournament while he suffered an injury ahead of the final game and Patrick Rowe replaced him.
Young Aaron Hardie, who generally plays for the various aged teams of Western Australia, is waiting for his first-class debut.