Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has reacted to India’s heavy loss at the hands of Australia in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar series. India suffered a horrible collapse in their second innings and were all out for 36, their lowest-ever total in Tests. Their previous lowest score was 42 which came against England way back in 1974.
Australia went on to win the game by 8 wickets after India could manage to give only a 90-run target. Starting the day on 9 for 1 after taking a handy lead of 53 runs in the first innings, India’s batsmen proved no match for Australia’s pacers. Not a single batsman managed to touch the double-digit mark as Mayank Agarwal’s 9 was the highest score.
For Australia, their pacers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins starred with the ball. Hazlewood made the most of the conditions as he blew away India with the pink ball. He picked up 5 wickets while giving away just 8 runs while Cummins accounted for 4 wickets. India’s innings ended when Mohammed Shami was retired hurt after coping a blow on his forearm.
Chasing 90, Australia crossed the line in 21 overs while losing 2 wickets. Any slim hopes of seeing India making it an interesting match was quashed by a 70-run stand between Joe Burns and Matthew Wade for the first wicket. Burns remained unbeaten on 51 to take his team home.
‘Really enjoyed top-quality Test match fast bowling’:
Following the game, Shahid Afridi took to Twitter to give his reaction on the same. The former Pakistan player stated that he enjoyed the fast-bowling from Australia before saying that India were still capable of fighting back. However, he was quick to point out that fighting back would be tough for India in the absence of their skipper Virat Kohli. The India skipper would miss the next three Tests as he would fly home to attend the birth of his first child.
“Brilliant display by Cummins and Hazelwood today, really enjoyed top-quality Test match fast bowling after long time. Indian batting is still capable of fighting back but it will be now tougher without Kohli,” Shahid Afridi wrote.
Brilliant display by Cummins and Hazelwood today, really enjoyed top-quality Test match fast bowling after long time. Indian batting is still capable of fighting back but it will be now tougher without Kohli.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) December 19, 2020