On day 1 of the first Test of the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia in Adelaide, India‘s top order failed big time barring Cheteshwar Pujara. After winning the toss, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli opted to bat first, but the visitors lost half their side for 86 before Pujara‘s fighting century spared them the blushes. The tourists finished the opening day on 250/9 after Pujara was run out for 123 on the last bowl of the day.
KL Rahul (2), Murali Vijay (11), skipper Virat Kohli (3) and Ajinkya Rahane (13) all of them were dismissed while playing a loose drive. Rohit Sharma made a positive start with two fours and three sixes but all the effort went in vain as he played a rash shot to get dismissed for 37.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan blamed India’s plan to come out all guns blazing in the early part of their innings resulting in rash strokes that left them struggling. Talking to Fox Sports, Vaughan said, “I think they’ve got the approach wrong. I think they’ve gone too aggressive. You look at all their dismissals and all four were through batsman error. It’s very much a normal Adelaide wicket. You know there will be a short amount of movement on day one. In this heat, as a batting unit, you have to be disciplined and earn the right to score your runs later in the day. India didn’t do that.”
At one stage, India were 41/4. A brief recovery followed with Pujara and Rohit adding 45 runs for the fifth wicket. Offspinner Nathan Lyon then got back-to-back wickets as he reduced the v twice to reduce them to 127/6 before Pujara battled with the tail to give the score some semblance of respect.
Describing his view further, Michael said, “They haven’t underestimated Australia, they’ve just got their tactics wrong. They’ve come out too bullish. Against quality bowlers, if you play like that you run the risk of losing four quick wickets like they have done.”