Virat Kohli outscored Steve Smith by three runs in day oneof the first Test at the Adelaide Oval.
Kudos to Pat Cummins for keeping India’s danger man down.
Kohli is typically a terror at Adelaide, where he held an average of 98.50 with three tons over two matches. On his last visit, he tallied 692 runs, including four centuries.
Red-ball cricket, however, might be Kohli’s kryptonite, as the skipper of the Indian side scored only 46 for five innings before he retired due to a shoulder injury.
India cannot win without some noise from Kohli, can it?
They came in with eyes set on a first-ever series win in Australia and while one day in one Test is not the sort of thing that would rule out the feat, unless Kohli can abandon his dismal form on Australian soil, it is difficult to imagine an historical breakthrough.
Cummins seems to have Kohli’s number. He has thrown the world’s top batsman four balls and removed him twice for no runs.
Kohli may have set a sour tone for the other India batsmen. Kl Rahul, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane were all guilty of playing poor shots in the early stages of their innings.
Expert observer and former England captain Michael Vaughan said it better than we could ever hope to say it.
“I think they’ve (India) got the approach wrong. I think they’ve gone too aggressive. You look at all their dismissals and all four were through batsman error.It’s very much a normal Adelaide wicket. You know there will be a short amount of movement on day one.”
Vaughan added more, but if we were to be proponents of succinctness, we would have to say that the difference in the pitches between Australia and India requires a rapid adjustment for whichever side are the tourists. The quality of Australia’s bowlers is simply too great to take an aggressive, T20 approach, and the resultant loss of four quick wickets would seem to support that assertion.