Aus beat Ind in 1st Test: Pakistan pace duo Akram and Akhtar roast Kohli’s India for horrible show: Former Pakistan greats Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar ridiculed Virat Kohli’s India for their embarrassing show in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.
Virat Kohli’s ‘New India’s’ famed batting line up gave the most shocking display ever in Indian Test history. Indian batsman were annihilated. 36 for 9 and with Mohammad Shami retired hurt, India registered their lowest ever Test score.
The visitors eventually succumbed to Aussies as the hosts, who were chasing mre 90-run target, cruised to an emphatic eight-wicket victory inside two and half days in the opening Day/Night Test in Adelaide on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Akram took to Twitter to praise Australian pacers for destroying Indian batting.
“Wait what happened? I just went to play 9 holes came back game over. What a spell by The Australians. Pace matters. #INDvsAUSTest,” Akram tweeted.
Wait what happened? I just went to play 9 holes came back game over . What a spell by The Australians . Pace matters. #INDvsAUSTest
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) December 19, 2020
Also, Akhtar thrashed India for horrible performance and showing no intent.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) December 19, 2020
“I woke up & saw the score 369. I couldn’t believe it. Then I washed my eyes and saw the score 36/9. I couldn’t believe it either & went back to sleep,” Akhtar tweeted.
‘Summer of 36’: India record lowest score, Australia win in two and half days
The Indian cricket team under Virat Kohli faced its worst hour of embarrassment while collapsing to its lowest Test score of 36 as a rampaging Australia cruised to an emphatic eight-wicket victory inside two and half days in the opening Day/Night Test here on Saturday.
There were no demons in the pitch but Josh Hazlewood (5-3-8-5) and Patrick Cummins (10.2-4-21-4) displayed fast bowling of highest quality, the impact of which will be far-reaching with three more Tests to go.
India’s earlier lowest score was 42 at the Lord’s in 1974 against England, known in Indian cricket parlance as the “Summer of 42”. Saturday’s total was also the lowest score in the brief history of D/N Tests and the joint fifth lowest overall.
The easy target of 90 runs was achieved by the home side in only 21 overs without much fuss.
They only lost Matthew Wade (33) and Marnus Labuschagne (6) in pursuit of the easy goal and in the process, opener Joe Burns (51) got a confidence-boosting half-century.
India have now lost three successive Tests well inside three days with two being in New Zealand earlier this year.
To make matters worse for the visitors, star pacer Mohammed Shami’s series could well be overdue to a wrist injury from a short ball from Pat Cummins, which could potentially be a fracture. Shami could not continue and the Indian innings was terminated at 36 for 9 in 21.2 overs.
The likes of Sunil Gavaskar and the late Ajit Wadekar had long carried the baggage of that English Summer, inarguably one of the worst in the annals of Indian cricket. It will now be replaced by the “Summer of 36”.
Call it irony, but just like Gavaskar then, a modern-day great like Virat Kohli will have this bit of avoidable history in his legacy, a day when one could hardly figure out what went wrong.
At one stage, India were reduced to 26 for 8 and looked like equalling the lowest ever Test score (26 by New Zealand vs England ) but Hanuma Vihari’s boundary helped them evade entry into the dark pages of cricketing history.