Indian skipper Virat Kohli once again displayed his tactical brilliance as captain in the afternoon session of the third day’s play of the fourth test match against Australia at the SCG. The Indian skipper came up with a master plan to dismiss Australian all rounder Marnus Labuschagne, who was looking really good in the middle, off the bowling of Mohammad Shami with the help of a sharp bit of fielding from vice captain Ajinkya Rahane.
It was the 52nd over of the Australian innings when Kohli decided to place Rahane in a catching position at short mid wicket seeing the bit of reverse swing on offer for Mohammad Shami. Shami bowled the perfect inswinger from over the stumps on to Labuschagne’s pads and he was left with no choice but to play the ball exactly where Kohli would have wanted him to.
The batsman, who had been playing straighter down the line until this point of time, was forced to play the wrong line and could not keep the ball down much to his dismay. The ball was travelling towards Rahane at short midwicket who had been positioned there minutes before the ball had been bowled.
The 30 year old dived to his right to complete a fine catch, giving India the much needed wicket of Labuschagne who was left with no option but to head back to the pavilion. It was a combination of an excellent bit of captaincy from Virat Kohli and a stunning reflex catch from Ajinkya Rahane which saw the back of yet another Australian batsman who had managed to get off to a start but could not convert it into anything substantial.
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2019