There is a reason why former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is hailed as one the great analyst of the game, and he proved that again during the first session of the pink-ball Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval.
Ponting has spent a good amount of time working with Indian opener Prithvi Shaw during his stint with the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, and it was displayed to the hilt when he accurately predicted the downfall of the talented youngster.
Ricky Ponting was commentating at the start of the Indian innings where he pointed out Shaw’s perennial weakness, which is the ball that jags back into him.
He urged the Australian quicks to get the ball back into the flamboyant Prithvi Shaw and Mitchell Starc did just that on the second delivery of the match.
“If he does have a chink in his armour it’s the ball which does come back into him. Quite often leaves a big gap between bat and pad and that’s where the Aussies will target.” Ricky Ponting said on commentary.
Coming back to the dismissal, it was good length delivery from Mitchell Starc, and Prithvi Shaw, as usual, was lazy in his footwork as he went for a non-existent cover-drive, only to inside-edge it to his middle-stump.
"If he does have a chink in his armour it's the ball which does come back into him…
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Shaw’s dismissal meant that India got off to a disastrous start to their innings. Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara then proceeded to weather a storm for the next 18 overs before Pat Cummins gave the visitors yet another body-blow as he got one to jag-back in to dislodge Mayank Agarwal’s stumps.
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara ensured that India did not lose any further wickets as the visitors ended the session at 2/41.