Let’s call it irony, but just like Gavaskar, a modern day like Virat Kohli will have this piece of avoidable history in its legacy

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On the third day of their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, December 19, 2020 (Photo | AP)

ADELAIDE: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team faced its worst hour of embarrassment when it collapsed to its lowest test score of 36 as a raging Australia turned a emphatic eight within two and a half days on opening day / night -Wicket win drove test here on Saturday

There were no demons on the field except Josh Hazlewood (5-3-8-5) and Patrick Cummins (10) 2-4-21-4) showed the highest quality fast bowling, the effects of which with three more tests will be far-reaching

India’s previous lowest score was the 1974 Lord’s 42 against England, known in Indian cricket parlance as the “Summer of 42”

Saturday’s total was also the lowest score in brief D / N testing history and the fifth lowest total score

The easy goal of 90 runs was achieved by the home team in just 21 overs without a fuss

They only lost Matthew Wade (33) and Marnus Labuschagne (6) to achieve the easy goal, and in doing so, opener Joe Burns (51) has gained half a century of trust

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India has now lost three consecutive tests in three days, two of them in New Zealand earlier this year

To make matters worse for visitors, star-pacer Mohammed Shami’s streak could be over due to a wrist injury from a short ball from Pat Cummins that could potentially be a fracture

Shami couldn’t continue and the Indian innings ended at 36 for 9 in 212 overs

Sunil Gavaskar and the late Ajit Wadekar had long carried the luggage of this English summer, arguably one of the worst in the annals of Indian cricket

Let’s call it irony, but just like Gavaskar, a modern day like Virat Kohli will have that piece of avoidable history in its legacy, a day when it was hard to figure out what went wrong

At one stage, India was slashed for 8 to 26 and seemed to have its lowest Test score ever (26 by New Zealand versus England), but the Hanuma Vihari border helped them enter the darker pages of cricket history to withdraw

The Indian eyelash was completely exposed by the extra bounce of the Australian pacemaker, which, upon landing on the seam, threw off any delivery on the off-center canal

In an inexplicable collapse, India’s much-lauded batsmen fell like nine needles, none of which could reach double digits

Once the night watchman was Jasprit Bumrah (2) in the first over, Hazlewood and Cummins (10) 2-4-21-4), literally decimated the tourists and also caused permanent damage to their pride

Mayank Agarwal (9), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) all traveled in a similar way

All deliveries were almost identical, angled which forced the batsmen to bump into them and just bounce a little more

Kohli (4) was released the way he got off in England in 2014 when he tried to drive a delivery on the fifth tree stump and was trapped in the gutter

In summary it can be said that the Indian batsmen did not take into account that the field suddenly becomes livelier with more bouncing power

The two Australian pacers bowled supplies that the visiting batsmen had to play and the ultra-defensive mindset they had from the first innings didn’t help their cause

Never before has a test match changed so dramatically in an hour as in the Adelaide Oval on Saturday

Worse, a breakdown like this could affect performance in the next friendly at the MCG from Jan. December affect, and don’t forget that they don’t have a Kohli to look up to since he’s on paternity leave

Ajinkya Rahane, the waiting captain, has been in miserable shape most of the time, and one would prefer to devalue his hundred against a sub-par attack by the West Indies in the interim

Mayank Agarwal, with that pronounced backlift and dodgy technique against deliveries with extra bounce, will also have problems with his stake

Cheteshwar Pujara’s defensive strike worked well in 2018, but this time around there is a tendency to get stuck as Shane Warne pointed out his inability to turn the strike during one comment

As much as romanticized that 43 balls out of 160 as evidence of flawless test cricket, the lack of runs in the first two sessions also came back to bite India hard

The sequence 4, 9, 2, 0, 4, 0, 8, 4, 0, 4 and 1 on the scorecard will dwarf the fans, but more so, this team for the longest time

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