Who according to you were Team India main performers on day 1?After being down and out in the first session with the pacers bowling an insipid line and length, one which Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris took full advantage of, India bounced back strongly to end the day on a positive note for themselves. Working in unison, the bowling unit delivered a much-improved performance as they bowled deadly spells to peg back the Australian innings. With India scripting a comeback on day 1, we take a look at Team India main performers on day 1 of the second test match between Australia and India.
Team India main performers on day 1
Despite his sojourn not being that long in the Indian test side, Jasprit Bumrah showed why he is steadfastly becoming the mainstay of India’s pace attack. He was immaculate post lunch, hitting the deck in all the right areas to extract the maximum out of a pitch that was not so conducive for fast bowling. Not only did he trouble Australia’s batting-order with his good length deliveries but also disconcerted them with pace, consistently bowling at a mean speed of 140km/h. His fitness levels were impressive and he was always up to the task whenever the Indian captain threw the ball to him.
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Despite ending day 1 without a wicket to his name, Shami led India’s charge when the chips were down. India’s only shining light in the morning session Shami kept going at it as his compatriots struggled to put in a good shift. His efforts with the ball helped India put some sort of pressure on the Australian openers with Finch, in particular, finishing it tough to negotiate Shami. He was consistent throughout the day and will play a key role for India as they look to wipe up Australia’s tail quickly.
The Indian captain has to be lauded for his captaincy decisions. He was quick to rein in the changes, working up a step ahead of the Australians despite his side being on the back-foot.
The first signs of his positive minded thinking came when he didn’t hesitate to take off a struggling Umesh Yadav within the first 10 overs and throw the ball to Bumrah to get the maximum out of the new red ball. He was consistently ringing in the changes, bowling his pacers in short, and sharp spells to ensure they didn’t suffer fatigue under extremely hot conditions. He didn’t hesitate to bring in Vihari to bowl as he tried his best to make up for his side’s lack of a specialist spinner on a pitch that favoured slow bowling.
Kohli was also a force in the field, saving some crucial runs for his side with valiant dives and he capped off his day with a blistering catch of Handscomb off Ishant Sharma.