After electing to bat first in the third Test against Australia at the Holkar Cricket Ground in Indore, India were bowled out for 109 runs. Matthew Kuhnemann, the left-arm spinner for Australia, claimed his first five-wicket haul (5/16 in nine overs) in just his second Test.
After his magnificent spell, Kuhnemann remarked that catching a fifer in India was a wonderful experience. He also revealed that he observed Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin to learn how to utilise the crease.
“It feels great to take five wickets against India in a Test match. I kept a tight eye on them (Ashwin and Jadeja). Namely, how they utilize the fold. It has a dry texture. Kuhnemann remarked at the conclusion of Day 1’s play that a number of deliveries were falling short.
Before to the tour, it was thought that Ashton Agar would be Australia’s second spinner, partnering Nathan Lyon. But, team management believed that Kuhnemann’s rapid left-arm spin would be more effective on Indian wickets. And the 26-year-old responded by bringing the Indian batting order to its knees. Kuhnemann’s five-wicket haul includes notable players including Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, Shrees Iyer, and Ashwin.
Vikram Rathour, India’s batting coach, was upset with his team’s performance on Day 1. He stated that the squad needed more runs and that the batting unit had completely failed. “That is a difficult pitch. We required extra runs. We failed to score as a team. Rathour stated that the wicket has slowed.
There is pressure to win home games since WTC points are at stake: Vikram Rathour
Moreover, he supported the third Test pitch on the grounds that there is pressure to win home games in light of the World Test Championship final.
“Since WTC points are at stake, there is pressure on home teams to win.” So, there is nothing improper about preparing such wickets and maximizing home field advantage. But, these pitches are also two-edged,” he noted.
He elaborated on India’s waste of reviews by stating, “You cannot always get them right.”
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