Virat Kohli’s fine knock in the first innings of the ongoing Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval ended in a disastrous manner as the India skipper was run-out after a horrible mix-up with his deputy Ajinkya Rahane.
Virat Kohli was well set and looking comfortable against the hosts. The 32-year old was looking on his way to yet another Test hundred before his fine knock ended. On the final ball of the 77th over bowled by Nathan Lyon, Ajinkya Rahane pushed the ball towards the left of the fielder at mid-off.
And as soon as Rahane hit the ball, he called for a quick single. Virat Kohli, who was at the non-striker’s end, duly obliged and charged for the single before Rahane changed his mind and decided against going for the run. But by the time Virat Kohli could realise it, he was stranded in the middle of the pitch.
The star batsman made a half-hearted attempt to get back inside the crease but the damage was already done. In the meantime, Josh Hazlewood threw the ball to Lyon who did the rest. Virat Kohli looked at Rahane in disappointment while the latter seemingly apologised before the skipper walked off. The India batting mainstay scored 74.
Here is a clip of the incident:
— Harsha?TICHHALA? (@Harsha1717) December 17, 2020
Nightmare scenario for India, pure joy for Australia!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 17, 2020
To make the matters worse, Ajinkya Rahane did not last long either after Virat Kohli’s dismissal. The India Test vice-captain could add only more run before being dismissed for 42 by Mitchell Starc. At the time of writing this report, India were on 202 for 5.
Meanwhile, the Adelaide Test will be Kohli’s game on the ongoing tour as he is set to return home after the game to attend the birth of his first child. In his absence, Rahane will be leading the team in the next three Tests.