Nowadays Virat Kohli just breaks and created new records with almost every significant score-not an exaggeration. On Wednesday, en route to his 74 runs inning against Australia in Adelaide the right-hander broke former captain, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s record of most runs as a skipper against Australia.
Pataudi scored 829 runs in 11 Test matches as captain against Australia at an average of 43.63 with 1 hundred and 8 fifties. Virat Kohli, after the first innings in Adelaide, has 851 runs in 10 Tests as a leader of the side against Australia. He has struck 4 centuries and a couple of half-centuries in those 10 matches. Kohli broke Pataudi’s 51-year-old record.
India slips after Virat Kohli was runout
For a rare instance, Virat Kohli won the toss and unhesitantly elected to bat first. However, Prithvi Shaw was castled by Mitchell Starc. After surviving against the new ball for 40 deliveries, Mayank Agarwal was bowled by a peach from Pat Cummins. Indian captain, Virat Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the ship and saw through till lunch before the latter was dismissed by Nathan Lyon.
India was 100/3 as vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane walked in to support his skipper. The pair 88 runs for the fourth wicket before getting involved in a mix-up as the Indian skipper was run out at the bowlers’ end by a throw from mid-off.
After playing the shot, Rahane called for a risky single, took a couple of steps forward but then recanted his call. However, by the time Rahane asked Kohli to return to his crease, Kohli was halfway down the pitch before Nathan Lyon whipped-off bails at non-striker’s end.
Rahane, batting with the burden of running out his skipper, fell to Mitchell Starc as the umpire had a fairly simple lbw decision to judge. Three overs later, Hanuma Vihari has also adjudged lbw off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood.
Wicket-keeper, Wriddhiman Saha, and Ravichandran Ashwin survived the final few overs under lights from the Aussie pacers as the visitors’ end day 1 at the score of 233/6. India would be hoping that the two batters take the side to a respectable total which would give the bowlers confidence. On the other hand, Australia is already into India’s tail and is likely to run through it in the first session of day 2.