Indian captain Virat Kohli’s last chance of reaching three figures for the first time in 2020 got squandered after a run-out in the first innings of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide. Virat Kohli, who appeared at the crease in the 19th over after the fall of Mayank Agarwal, was well set at the time of his dismissal. Fans in Twitter have been left distraught as the 32-year old departed for 74.
The incident occurred in the 77th over, bowled by Nathan Lyon. The off-spinner, who claimed Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket, bowled some loose deliveries, that helped Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane settle. The captain and vice-captain looked set in the middle and threatened to lift the visitors towards a massive total. However, the fourth wicket for Australia came not only at the correct time but out of nothing.
Ajinkya Rahane, who was on strike that time, drove to mid-off and called for a run. Virat Kohli responded and walked halfway down the pitch; however, by that time, Rahane asked him to return. Nevertheless, the Indian captain had come too far down the crease and Josh Hazlewood picked up and threw at Lyon, who collected the ball cleanly and dislodged the stumps. Their partnership of 88 came to an end, but the captain missed out on a well-deserved hundred after facing 180 balls.
Despite that, Kohli’s 74 was the top-scorer for India on day one, in which Australia finished marginally ahead. Their disciplined bowling performance throughout the day reaped them the rewards even later in the day as they reduced the tourists to 233-6 in 89 overs. Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers, snapping two wickets while Hazlewood, Lyon, and Pat Cummins also took one each to put Australia slightly on the front foot.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Virat Kohli’s untimely dismissal:
Earlier Bhogle had mentioned that Rahane has never been run out in a test innings. Kohli would be very very crossed with that call of Rahane's.
— Rohit Jain (@tenalirama) December 17, 2020
Also, this was the calmest reaction Virat Kohli ever had after he got run out.
The Ajinkya Rahane effect! #AUSvsIND
— Vinesh Prabhu (@vlp1994) December 17, 2020
It was Rahane's call. Kohli could not have confirmed by looking back at the ball. It was totally Rahane's fault. Any batsman in the world would have been run out if their partner would have made such horrendous fault in judgement.
— Neel Sharma (@eyeNeelSharma) December 17, 2020
Just the 2nd test career run out for Kohli. All sorts of emotions implode in the dressing room after this. I have a feeling Rahane will too. #AUSvIND
— Bhavya Shah (@B_theFanatic1) December 17, 2020
— M R (@Dranag1) December 17, 2020
— Chandhu Balachandran (@docBalaC) December 17, 2020
— soumyajit dutta (@soumyajitdutt17) December 17, 2020
— Adhitya Balachander (@adhixbala) December 17, 2020
Blunder by @ajinkyarahane88 .Poor call! @imVkohli was looking solid . He was tempted to score big, this match. Ohhh!!poor virat! This is what happens when you play a team sport, sometimes u pay for ur partners fault. Hard luck u champion.#INDvAUS
— Aditya Swarup (@aditya_swarup24) December 17, 2020
— i__am__shawad (@shawadk1234) December 17, 2020
Kohli waiting for Rahane in the dressing room pic.twitter.com/2M0gyZuZos
— AG (@AtharvaGautam_) December 17, 2020
? oh gosh! runout…. criminal for just one run in days cricket. #AUSvIND
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) December 17, 2020
If I were Rahane tbh I'd prefer going straight into team hotel instead of going into the dressing room now.
How the fuck he is going to face Virat Kohli now ???
— Shankey ⚡ (@JoseSszn) December 17, 2020
Rahane just run out Kohli and wasted a review. #AUSvsIND
— Rodney Unbearable* (@officialrodneyk) December 17, 2020
Rahane took DRS to delay meeting Kohli 2 more minutes who's waiting with a hockey stick. #AUSvIND
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) December 17, 2020
— Kshitij Salve (@JaisiAapkiMasti) December 17, 2020