India regular captain Virat Kohli, who left Australia a few days ago after giving a ‘pep’ talk to his team has lauded the team India for dominating Day 1 proceedings in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Kohli took to Twitter to praise his team for the fine work they did on the first day of Boxing Day Test.
“Top day 1 for us. A great display from the bowlers and a solid finish too,” Virat Kohli tweeted.
Virat Kohli left Australia on December 22 after playing the first Test in which India suffered a humiliating 8 wicket loss.
Notably, Virat Kohli was granted paternity leave so that he could be with his wife Anushka Sharma who is going to give birth to their first child in January.
Rahane, the stand-in captain of team India had done a great job on the Day 1 of Boxing Day Test. Even when the partnership was going on, the Rahane didn’t deter and stuck to the same fields eventually reaping the rewards.
The best field set among them was the one which led to Marnus Labuschagne getting out who was caught by a close-in fielder at backward square leg.
At the same time, Rahane’s the decision of introducing R Ashwin after only 10 overs has raised many eyebrows but Ashwin took no time to show his capabilities as he picked the wickets of two main players of Australia – Matthew Wade and Steve Smith.
Ajinkya Rahane has led the team well in Kohli’s absence and he would be extremely happy for resisting Australia to 195. The bowlers have done their job efficiently and now the onus will be on the batsmen to bat big in the first innings.
India were 36 for one at stumps, with debutant Shubman Gill 28 not out and Cheteshwar Pujara on seven after the loss of opener Mayank Agarwal for a duck.