The third Test match between India and Australia started at Indore. On the first day of the match on Wednesday (March 1), the visiting Australian team dominated the Indian team and took the lead. Indian team could score only 109 runs in their first innings. Batting coach Vikram Rathod expressed the opinion that he did not expect this from the batsmen of the Indian team.
The Indian team was unexpectedly bowled out for 109 runs in one and a half sessions on the first day. Talking about this poor performance of the team, Vikram Rathod said,
“This pitch is definitely challenging. The ball spun here more than we expected. Our batsmen are ready to play in such an environment. However, it was not expected that this would happen. No one can be blamed. However, it was a disappointing day.”
After winning the first two matches of the series, the Indian team entered the field with the intention of winning this match. Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first. However, his decision turned out to be wrong. Rohit got two lives in the first over. But, he could not take advantage of it. He was dismissed in the sixth over. After that, the Indian batsmen started returning to the tent one after the other. India lost five batsmen for 45 runs.
After that, Virat Kohli and KS Bharath tried to form a partnership. But, they too were knocked out in the first season and returned. Virat contributed the most with 22 runs. At the beginning of the second session, Umesh Yadav played some aggressive shots to take India past 100 runs. However, soon after, Australia bundled out the hosts for 109 runs. Kunheiman dismissed five batsmen for Australia. So, the lion showed the three the way to the tent. After that, on the strength of Usman Khawaja’s half-century, Australia took a lead of 47 runs, reaching 156 for 4 by the end of the day’s play.
(Batting Coach Vikram Rathour Not Happy With Indian Batters Performance In Indore Test)