Pune: India were pushed on the back foot by Australian pace bowlers as the hosts were struggling at 70 for three wickets in their first innings, in reply to the visitors’ 260, on the second day morning of the first cricket Test, here on Friday.
Smith added: “It’s been 4502 days since Australia won a Test in India, I know it to the day“.
India got a reality check when they succumbed to a humiliating 333 runs defeat at the hands of the Australia. “I’m really proud the way the boys have played this Test match”. “They were not taking catches they were making catches, which put them in strong position”, he said.
Better catching India’s fielding has been as consistent as Wayne Rooney for Manchester United in goal-scoring – superb on one day and average on another.
“We were very excited to get Kohli out for a duck”, O’Keefe said.
“We needed a lot more restraint”, Kumble said.
Judging by the manner in which they struggled to come to terms with the surface and Australia’s bowling in the first innings, they are going to find it rather hard to rescue this Test match. KL Rahul resisted with 67 from 94 deliveries but his dismissal, finding David Warner at long-off from O’Keefe’s bowling, began a capitulation in which they lost seven wickets for 11 runs.
“I wanted to do my bit for the team and try and make sure we had a pretty good day”.
Steve O’Keefe has shattered records, streaks and a billion hearts in India, spinning Australia to one of their most famous and unexpected Test wins.
O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon delighted in the crumbling deck, combining for four wickets in the space of eight balls. The Jamtha pitch in Nagpur came under flak and the ICC termed it as “poor” following a report by the series match referee Jeff Crowe.
India’s performance was such dismal that they couldn’t even manage to score more that 107 in both their innings.
The Aussie skipper briefly became the second-highest averaging batsman against India in the history of Test cricket (minimum 1000 career runs). It will also be a first defeat at home after 20 Tests, after the one against England in Kolkata in 2012. Starc launched a brutal onslaught on Indian spinners as he slogged the ball for large sixes towards over mid-wicket boundaries. “From that aspect I’m pleased with myself and it was great we were able to get such a big lead”.
More than any of the players or conditions, it was the pitch curator who was responsible for killing what could have been a fantastic match.
Pointing towards the Indian skipper’s words after the match, Clarke believed that the hosts will be itching to bounce back in the second Test and backed them to emerge victorious in the series.