Despite the fact that Team India has lost six of their last eight overseas Tests this year, the world’s No.1 Test side was expected to do well in the Test series in Australia that started on Thursday. The supporters were even more optimistic since the hosts do not have two big names in their line-up – Steve Smith and David Warner – who are serving bans. Yet, Virat Kohli and his men had a disastrous start to the series as they were reduced to 85/5 on Day 1 of the Adelaide Test and were struggling to save the day but eventually went on to make 250/9 with the help of Cheteshwar Pujara’s century.
The opening pair of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay failed to deliver again and so did Kohli who got out for three. The deputy skipper Ajinkya Rahane fell for 13 while Rohit Sharma’s counter-attacking knock lasted only for 61 balls in which he scored 37. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant got dismissed for 25 and it was all left on Pujara to carry the innings on his shoulders along with the tail-enders. The right-hand batsman hit a century and built crucial partnerships with Pant, R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma for the 6th, 7th and 8th wicket because of which India managed to reach 250.
Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has been known for his rivalries with Aussies and on Thursday morning posted a tweet which many linked with the struggle of Kohli’s men Down Under.
The 38-year-old said in a tweet that though expecting and trusting are not wrong, it is important to know whom to trust and expect from. The ‘Good Morning’ tweet came at a time when the Adelaide Test was already on and the fans did not take time to sense what the cricketer was actually implying.
Expecting & Trusting is never wrong. The only thing is we should know from whom to Expect and whom to Trust .. Good day friends 🙏
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 6, 2018
The Indian batsmen were got dismissed playing some loose shots against the Australian fast bowlers who took six of the nine wickets India have lost so far and conceded runs at a miserly rate. For a team which was expected to deliver against what was perceived to be a weak Australian side in decades, the turnout on the 22 yards was definitely disappointing. Here are some of the reactions Harbhajan gt on his tweet:
we fans neither expected nor trusted this overrated bunch of tourists to even compete with austraia in australia, it was the so called expert like you who were predicting of india winning, its time you start digging a hole to hide when the series ends
— vijay sharma (@graverocker25) December 6, 2018
Ipl patta wicket stars failure continues from england tour against actual bowling line up. Rahane vijay and rahul. Kab tak ye politics chalega sir ???
— Hardik Gandhi. (@2hardikgandhi) December 6, 2018
We expect indian team to do well in Aus but dont trust them .
— Hakimuddin Bohra (@HakimuddinBohr3) December 6, 2018
Ya true we should just expect Indian batsman may perform better in overseas but we shouldn't trust them totally 🤣🤣
— 4knr4ts4ind (@4knr4ts4ind) December 6, 2018
Forget the best ever indian side, this is probably the worst side ever to tour Australia
— Naveen (@yuvinavi) December 6, 2018
Should we trust Sharma and pujara to score 200 runs?
— gagandeep singh (@Gagan1271) December 6, 2018