Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has lavished praise on Team India’s bowlers for their performance on day one of the ongoing fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane. The inexperienced bowlers came up with a fine display to reduce Australia to 274 for 5 on day one after the hosts won the toss and decided to bat first.
Due to further injury setbacks, India were compelled to field their most-inexperienced bowling attack since the team’s second-ever Test in 1933. The likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah were unavailable for the ongoing Test due to back and abdominal injury respectively. In their absence, India handed debut to T Natarajan and Washington Sundar.
The other bowlers in the team were – Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur. Both Siraj and Saini had made their debut in the ongoing series with the former making his debut in the second Test while the latter getting his maiden Test cap in the third cap. Thakur, on the other hand, is playing just his second Test after making his debut in 2018. Thakur had bowled just one over on his debut before walking off the field with an injury.
But the bowlers did extremely well and could have put Australia under more pressure had their teammates not spilled some easy catches. Natarajan finished the day with figures of 2-63 from 20 overs while Shardul, Siraj and Sundar bagged a wicket each to keep India in the contest right through the first day.
“The match still hangs in the balance but this is what Test cricket is all about. Who would have thought India would respond like this without two of their bowling lynchpins. Two bowlers came in as the net bowlers and now they are playing Test cricket for India. For an attack which has 13 wickets between themselves, did remarkably well to take the 5 Australian wickets on Day 1,” Sunil Gavaskar told India Today.
Sunil Gavaskar further said that Australia managed to take the honours of day one thanks to the unbeaten 61-run stand between Cameron Green (28 not out) and captain Tim Paine (38 not out) for the sixth wicket.
“I would say it was slightly Australia’s day due to the sixth-wicket partnership between Tim Paine and Cameron Green. That partnership needs to be broken very, very quickly if India want to restrict Australia to within 350,” Sunil Gavaskar said.