Rahane dropped catch: The Indian captain was the one to err today on the field as India’s fielding woes continued at the Gabba.
During the first day of the fourth Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Brisbane, India captain Ajinkya Rahane dropped a simple catch to hand Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne a huge reprieve.
It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the 36th over when Labuschagne aimed to defend a Navdeep Saini delivery off the back foot. Having edged the delivery instead, Labuschagne would’ve been on his way back to the dressing room had Rahane not erred on the field.
In what was a straightforward chance, Rahane appeared to have made the mistake due to the awkward height at which the ball reached him. Having said that, the same continues to be unacceptable as an excuse especially with the Indian captain.
Labuschagne, who was batting at 37* at that time, received another stroke of luck when Cheteshwar Pujara dropped him off debutant T. Natarajan in the 46th over. The right-hand batsman has now registered his 11th Test half-century as he continued to battle after the dismissal of Steven Smith.
In addition to the dropped catch, what further hurt India was that Saini was seen lying on the ground with what was supposedly a hamstring niggle. Upon receiving immediate mediate attention, the right-arm bowler walked-off the Gabba in a bid to not further aggravate his injury.
Ajinkya Rahane dropped catch
Labuschagne gets a life! 😰
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 15, 2021
Catch dropped, Saini injured, things suddenly going awry for India
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 15, 2021
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) January 15, 2021
Come on yar Rahane? You don’t drop those ?
What even !!!
— Shrutika Gaekwad (@Shrutika_45_) January 15, 2021
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