Team India witnessed a flying start in the opening session of the opening day of the Border Gavaskar Trophy at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. Earlier in the day, Australia had won the toss and opted to bat first but their decision backfired when Mohammed Siraj accounted for Usman Khawaja on his very first delivery. Then, Mohammed Shami sent the off-stumps of David Warner for a cartwheel with a peach of a delivery.
India’s charismatic middle-order batter in T20Is, Suryakumar Yadav made his Test debut along with wicket-keeper KS Bharat, with the Cummins-led Australia allowing the spinner Todd Murphy to make his Test debut. Former India coach Ravi Shastri handed out the India caps, while Australia spinner and a member of the playing XI, Nathan Lyon presented the Baggy Green to Murphy.
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However, the decision seemed to have backfired as both the openers were back to with the score reading 2/2. The delivery to Warner was an unplayable one where the ball just moved away inwards just a fraction before hitting Warner’s middle stump.
Here is video of the dismissals of Usman Khawaja and David Warner:
𝑰. 𝑪. 𝒀. 𝑴. 𝑰!
1⃣ wicket for @mdsirajofficial 👌
1⃣ wicket for @MdShami11 👍
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— BCCI (@BCCI) February 9, 2023
Ahead of the game, the BCCI invited both Suryakumar and Bharat’s families to come inside the ground and watch the Test cap presentation ceremony. Head coach Rahul Dravid congratulated and shook hands with the family members of both India players.
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It may be recalled that Bharat had donned the gloves for India in place of Wriddhiman Saha on day 3 of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur in 2021 after the Bengal gloveman had suffered stiffness in his neck.