India regular skipper Virat Kohli reacted to his team’s dominating performance over Australia as he lauded the Indian bowlers for a great display in the Boxing Day Test.
Virat Kohli on India dominating Australia at MCG: Top day 1 for us. (AP Photo)
- Virat Kohli elated after India dominate Day 1 proceedings at MCG
- Great display from the bowlers and a solid finish too: Kohli
- India finished at 36 for 1 after bowling Australia out for 195
India regular skipper Virat Kohli, who left Australia after giving a ‘pep’ talk to his team, lauded the visitors for dominating Day 1 proceedings in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Kohli, who left Australia on December 22 after playing the first Test in which India suffered a humiliating loss, praised Indian bowlers on social media. “Top day 1 for us. Great display from the bowlers and a solid finish too,” Virat Kohli tweeted.
Top day 1 for us. Great display from the bowlers and a solid finish too.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 26, 2020
Notably, Kohli was granted paternity leave so that he could be with his wife Anushka Sharma during the birth of their first child, who is due in January next year. Ajinkya Rahane is leading India in the absence of Kohli for the three remaining Tests against Australia.
Earlier, India proved there is life without captain Kohli as they bowled Australia out for 195 then weathered a fierce pace assault in the late afternoon to dominate the opening day of the second test in Melbourne.
First, R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah stepped up as India recovered well from the Adelaide horror to bowl Australia out for 195 on Day 1 at MCG. Debutants Mohammed Siraj made a fine first impression with wickets of Marnus Labuschagne (48) and Cameron Green (12) with the old ball.
As much as the day belonged to the Indian bowling unit for another fired-up show, new captain Rahane deserved equal credit for marshaling his resources to perfection during the 72.3 overs that Australia batted.
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.