Australia batted for almost two days in the Ahmedabad Test and troubled India fiercely by scoring 480 runs in the first innings.
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New Delhi: For two consecutive days in the scorching heat of Ahmedabad, the Australian batsmen troubled the Indian bowlers a lot and yearned for wickets. Border-Gavaskar Trophy Usman Khawaja and Cameron Green scored tremendous centuries in the first two days of the fourth Test, but apart from these two batsmen, the rest of the players also troubled India. The Indian team failed to put pressure on Australia. In such a situation, former Australian veteran batsman and commentator Matthew Hayden questioned the captaincy of Rohit Sharma and said that India lacked the leadership of Virat Kohli.
Australia’s first innings ended on 480 runs on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Australia had scored 255 runs losing 4 wickets on the first day, while on the second day they scored 225 runs in about 5 and a half hours of batting. Khawaja and Green shared a 208-run partnership. Not only these two, but ninth and tenth batsmen Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy also shared a 70-run partnership.
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‘India misses Kohli’
Obviously, the pitch of Modi Stadium was very flat as compared to the previous matches and was helpful for the batsmen, but Team India also looked very lethargic during this period. Questions were raised about the defensive field setting, especially in some overs. Meanwhile, Matthew Hayden said during the commentary that India is missing Kohli’s captaincy. Hayden said,
India is missing Virat Kohli as a captain, his strategy was on target. Rohit Sharma is not bad but he is not able to put pressure on Australian batsmen.
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Will Rohit Sharma make a comeback?
India has won 40 out of 68 Test matches under Kohli’s captaincy, which is a record. Kohli gave up the captaincy in the Test last year, after which only Rohit Sharma got the command. Even under the captaincy of Rohit, India has started well so far, but two consecutive Tests of the current series have proved to be a tough test for them. Team India will hope that Rohit will now make a big contribution with the bat in this Test and then trap Australia in their strategies in the second innings.