Steve O'Keefe, Virat Kohli
Steve O'Keefe, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

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The 37-year-old Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe has said that the most memorable wicket in his Test career was of Virat Kohli, which he picked during the 2017 Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.

In the first Test match of the 4-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Steve O’Keefe performed brilliantly for Australia as he bagged 6 wickets in the first innings and 6 wickets in the second innings to win the Player of the Match award and Australia won that game by 333 runs.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav /IANS)
Indian skipper Virat Kohli. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav /IANS)

Meanwhile, Steve O’Keefe recalled dismissing Virat Kohli in the spin-friendly track during a Test series in Pune.

My most memorable (wicket) was probably Virat Kohli in India. I knocked him over, we were playing on this absolute dust bowl of a wicket, it was spinning and ragging sideways.

“It was an absolute tip of a wicket, junk. Ravi Shastri described the wicket of having dermatitis, it was that bad, it had holes in it,” O’Keefe said on SEN 1170 The Run Home show.

While talking about his approach in the first Test match of the 4-match Test series against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. He said:

 “The Indian spinners came out in the first innings and were just spinning it wildly, going to second slip, bouncing off the middle — they were going everywhere.

“Then I went out and put less revs (on the ball) than the world does a day, and they’re just sliding on, I’m just getting LBWs with these non-turners.”

Virat Kohli just lets this ball go – Steve O’Keefe

Virat Kohli
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The Australian spinner also talked about his reaction when Kohli just left the delivery to get knocked over.

He asserted: “To top it off, Virat just lets this ball go, it pitches outside off, and I’m meant to be spinning the ball (away) towards first or second slip. This thing just continued on with the angle, I’m trying to spin it and it’s knocked out off-stump so I’m like, ‘You beauty!’.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Virat Kohli of India holds aloft the Border–Gavaskar Trophy during day five of the Fourth Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 07, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Steve O’Keefe further added: “They gave me the ball at the end of that for a five-for. I said, ‘Boys, I don’t want the ball, there’s no need to give it to me, if you’re going to keep giving me these balls after five-fors we won’t have anything left to train with’.

“That was after the first Test, but in the middle of the fourth Test when I had five more wickets at 300, I was asking, ‘Where’s that ball at?’.”

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