Indian captain Virat Kohli led the team in the limited-overs series including the first Test match at the Adelaide Oval. Under his tutelage, India won the T20I series by 2-1 after a 2-1 series defeat in the ODI series.
However, Team India ran through a miserable outing in the pink-ball day-night affair as they registered the lowest ever total in Test cricket. They were bundled out for just 36 as Australia won the game by 8 wickets.
After the first game, the 32-year-old captain delivered an emotional speech with his teammates before taking the flight to India. Kohli is on paternity leave to be with his wife Anushka Sharma as the couple are expecting the arrival of their first child this month.
Kohli’s motivational speech worked wonders as stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane led the team ever so well in the 2nd Test match at the MCG. Rahane scored a brilliant Test century and helped his team script a memorable win in Melbourne.
Rahane was named the man of the match for his batting masterclass. Even captain Kohli was pleased with the overall display of the team. He took to Twitter to laud Team India and Rahane for putting up a complete performance.
Hartley’s hilarious request
The ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy series is now at 1-1. Currently, Team India are playing the third Test match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Ahead of the third Test, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant posted a video of him doing front flips at the gym. His video received a massive response from the fans and followers as they couldn’t stop reacting to the video.
The video which spread like wildfire on Twitter caught the attention of England’s woman cricketer Alexandra Hartley. She watched Pant’s video and then came up with an interesting caption.
Hartley has a hilarious request for Indian captain Virat Kohli. She wants the skipper to do front flips like the way Rishabh Pant did. However, there hasn’t been any response from Kohli yet.
Pant uploaded the video on his official Twitter handle along with a caption that reads: “Good day at the lab. 🔬”. To which Alexandra Hartley wrote: “When the captains away, the boys will play… I want to see @imVkohli do this 👏🏽👏🏽👀.”
India ends Day 2 with 96/2
The hosts resumed play on Day 2 with 166/2. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne added a vital 100-run partnership for the third wicket before Labuschagne was dismissed on 91. Steve Smith brought up his 27th Test century and ended up getting out on 138. Aussies managed to post 338 in the first innings.
In reply, India started the game quite well with the help of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. For the first time in 14 innings, India added a 50 plus stand for the opening wicket. Rohit and Gill added a 70-run stand before the 33-year-old opener was dismissed on 27 by Hazlewood. Gill was dismissed on 50 by Cummins.