AUS vs IND: Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates a layoff during the 2nd test.© AFP
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes it was Ravichandran Ashwin’s plan to stop Australian batsman Steve Smith from opening his arms and sidelining the bowler to send him off the leg side. Ashwin chose Smith’s wicket in the first session of Saturday’s Boxing Day Test for a duck. It was the first time in history that the right-handed batsman got out without scoring against India in the longest format of the game. The senior campaigner took extra spin and bounced as Smith played along his wrist to get caught in his leg slip.
Gavaskar was surprised by the spin spinners on the opening day of the test. The former Indian batsman explained the reason behind Smith’s resignation.
“First and foremost I am quite surprised by the fact that there is a lot of turn for the Indian spinners on Day 1,” Gavaskar told 7 cricket.
“He’s bowling straight, he’s bowling in the middle and leg, it’s actually been a plan to try and stop the batsmen from taking a shot through the offside. If you look at Smith’s dismissal, because maybe he was on zero, he wanted to get rid of it, couldn’t control it, “he added.
The legendary batsman also mentioned how Marnus Labuschagne weathered the storm.
“On the other hand, there were a few deliveries when Labuschagne was playing and he hit his arms. Smith could have done that too, but I’m not complaining,” said Gavaskar.
On stumps, India’s score was 36/1, with Gill hitting on 28 and Cheteshwar Pujara joining him on 7. The visitor’s trail with 159 runs with nine wickets in the bag. For Australia, it was Mitchell Starc who chose the lone wicket to end the day with numbers of 1/14 from four overs.
Pat Cummins bowled with no luck to end up wicketless despite bowling four fiery overs. But it was the Indian bowlers who showed yet again why they are considered one of the best in the business today.
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