We all eagerly waited for the Border Gavaskar trophy to begin and witness the 2 best teams in cricket go head to head against each other. It all began in Adelaide on 17 December with the pink ball test match. India won the toss and elected to bat first on a sunny day and a bouncy Australian pitch. It was not the start that India were expecting as they lost both their openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal quickly at the start if the innings.
Then it was Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, who came in and stabilized the innings and later Ajinkya Rahane also played a nice knock. India finished their first innings on 244. When Australia came out to bat they were bowled out for a mere 191 succumbing to Ashwin’s great spell. India had a 53 runs lead into the 2nd innings.
A disastrous second innings for team india:
The 2nd day ended with India’s score at 9 for 1 as India lost Prithvi Shaw early and Jasprit Bumrah came in as night watchman to bat. The day 3 of the test match was an absolute disaster for team India as India’s innings ended on 36 for 9 with Mohammed Shami getting retired hurt. Australia just had a target of 90 runs which they comfortably achieved with 8 wickets in hand and took 1-0 lead in the test series.
Pragyan Ojha did not like bumrah as a night watchman:
India’s former spinner Pragyan Ojha said that it was not the right decision to send Jasprit Bumrah as the night watchman. He said that Bumrah is a big asset with the ball and Shami or Yadav could have been sent in place of him. Bumrah was sent to bat as he scored a half century in the warm-up game against Australia A.
So what do all the cricket fans reading this feel, should Bumrah be used more as a night watchman or not. Do comment your views below.