Virat Kohli bowls in practice match: The Indian captain was seen rolling his arms for a couple of overs in the practice match.
During the third day of the ongoing India’s lone practice match against Cricket Australia XI at Sydney, India captain Virat Kohli was seen bowling a couple of overs of his wrong-footed right-arm slow-medium bowling.
It happened during the fag end of the day’s play on a day which didn’t really go as per the visitors’ plan. Starting the day with the news of opening batsman Prithvi Shaw getting ruled out of the first Test, India witnessed their bowlers picking up six wickets in the 98 overs that they bowled during the day.
Kohli bowled the 87th and 89th over of the innings, conceding six runs and causing minimal harm to the batsmen. Watching the sight of Kohli bowling in a practice-match invited numerous satirical takes on India’s desperation for a fast-bowling all-rounder in their playing eleven.
Chasing India’s score of 358, CA XI finished the third day with a deficit of a couple of runs. At Stumps, they were 356-6 in 102 overs. Apart from the opening pair in D’Arcy Short (74) and Max Bryant (62), Harry Nielsen (56) and Aaron Hardie (69) contributed with individual half-centuries.
With bowling figures of 18-2-67-3, Mohammad Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers. Apart from him, Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav picked up a wicket apiece.
With one more day left in the match, India would be looking to get as much time as possible for a second batting stint in the match. With Shaw getting injured, India must give batting time to Murali Vijay for he hasn’t batted in any match Australia as of now.
Watch the highlights of Kohli’s spell below:
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Kohli below:
You know India are hard-pressed for a fifth bowling option in the upcoming Test series when…. Virat Kohli starts bowling in the tour game… #AusvInd
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) November 30, 2018
“I’m going with him to be the leading run-scorer” – Ricky Ponting is backing Usman Khawaja to “just pip” Virat Kohli in the upcoming #AUSvIND Test series.
— ICC (@ICC) November 30, 2018
— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) November 29, 2018
Joe Root ✔️
Virat Kohli ✔️
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 30, 2018