The young Australian spinner Todd Murphy opines that it was quite an accomplishment to have dismissed the Indian stalwart, Virat Kohli three times in his first three Tests in the ongoing BGT series against India. Murphy has been a revelation since his Test debut in Nagpur, making an immediate impact and scalping 7 wickets. The young off-spinner has accounted for Kohli’s wicket in all three matches, and Kohli was stumped for the first time in his Test career during the second Test in Delhi.
As per the quotes in Perth Now, Todd Murphy said, “It’s been awesome. When I look back to Nagpur when Kohli walked out to bat, I was sort of at the top of my mark thinking ‘this is as good as it gets’ getting to bowl to a guy like that. To be able to have that for the first three Tests has been awesome, a really enjoyable battle and no different to bowling to a lot of their guys when they stand there, it is daunting at times.”
Murphy has already scalped 11 wickets in the three Tests at 21.81 with a miserly economy of 2.61 and was praised by Daniel Vettori for playing a role in ensuring another India collapse.
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Talking about the same, Todd Murphy said, “It is always nice when plans come off, Nagpur wasn’t an ideal dismissal, but you take what you can get, so to have a couple of times the last few games has been really nice and validation that what we are thinking works.”
Murphy expressed excitement at the prospect of playing in front of a potential record Test crowd in Ahmedabad as they prepare to face India in the fourth Test, which begins on Thursday. The highest attendance for a single day of Test cricket is 91,112, set during the fourth game of the 2013-14 Ashes series between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
However, that figure could be shattered at the 132,000-seat Ahmedabad stadium, which is named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will attend the first day of play alongside his Australian counterpart, Anthony Albanese. More than 110,000 people are expected to witness the game at the world’s largest cricket stadium, and newcomer Murphy predicted deafening sound.
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Talking to the reporters, Todd Murphy said, “It’s exciting, though. I think everyone looks forward to those opportunities where you can play in front of those sorts of crowds. It’ll be a great atmosphere. I haven’t played in front of heaps of big crowds back home, so I’ve sort of come over here with just the mindset of enjoying it and embracing what comes with India and playing with a smile on my face. I didn’t really know what opportunities I’d get at the start of the tour so just trying to enjoy it.”