Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar satirised the Australian media for its divisive reporting of a number of events on Day 1 of the ongoing maiden Test match between Australia and India. On February 9, Thursday, Australia’s captain Pat Cummins made the decision to bat first after winning the toss at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.
Usman Khawaja was eliminated by Mohammed Siraj in the second over of the innings with his very first pitch. After the umpire denied Khawaja’s LBW challenge, India used the DRS because ball tracking indicated that the ball would have struck the leg stump. Khawaja then returned to the pavilion when the verdict was reversed.
Australian media outlet Fox Cricket expressed shock over the decision and questioned the ball tracker.
Bangar argued that the Australian media was unable to understand how brilliantly India played on the first day of the first Test given this and other headlines that decried the Nagpur pitch and Indian players.
“I don’t use Twitter, though. However, in the India-Australia series, you need to be aware of world events. The ball tracker (is) broken, according to certain Australian media, and they are unhappy with the DRS. All of these are crying right now. They find it difficult to accept how well the Indian team performed on Day 1 “During a conversation on Star Sports, Bangar said.
Before the Indian spinners grabbed control of the game on the opening day of the Test match, Siraj and Shami removed the Australian openers. A five-wicket haul from Ravindra Jadeja and three wickets from Ravichandran Ashwin helped the visitors be bowled for 177 runs in the first innings as he made his comeback to international cricket.
KL and Rohit Sharma Rahul began India’s innings with the bat, and despite the skipper controlling the action, Rahul played slowly. As India concluded the day’s play at 77/1 with Rohit and Ashwin on the crease, he was eventually removed by Todd Murphy, an Australian making his debut.
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