India are right on top of their game on the second day of the Adelaide Test. The fast bowlers are spitting fire and the spin magician Ashwin is on top as usual. But one area in which India lagged behind this day was the fielding department. After dropping a few sitters during the start of the day, there was severe criticism on social media regarding India’s fielding efforts. To shut them all, Indian captain Virat Kohli pulled off a stunning flying catch to dismiss the debutant Cameron Green.
After Travis Head’s wicket fell, Marnus Labuschagne and debutant Cameron Green were the last pair of recognized batsmen for team Australia apart from their skipper Tim Paine. Both were going really well and debutant Green in particular seemed like he belonged to the highest level. He negated the fiery spell of Shami under the lights and even cut Ashwin for his first boundary in Test cricket. But right when he got set, he was forced to get back into the pavilion courtesy of a stunning catch from Virat Kohli.
The incident happened in the third ball of the 41st over. Ashwin bowled a short ball, which Green pulled towards the mid-wicket region. Kohli who was stationed there dived full stretch towards his right and grabbed the ball with both hands. After taking the catch he raised his hand and bowed to the crowd in typical Kohli fashion to complete his celebration.
Day two of the Adelaide Test was a mixed one for the Indian team. The team was right on their money with the ball. Both Bumrah and Ashwin were the pick of the bowlers. Bumrah dismantled the Aussie top order whereas Ashwin ran through the middle order. He even picked up the big fish Steve Smith cheaply. But contrary to all that there were some ordinary fielding efforts from India. They dropped Marnus Labuschagne twice in the match. The first drop was by Bumrah in the outfield.
Whereas the second drop was by Prithvi Shaw in the infield. Shaw’s catch was a simple regulation catch, and that wicket at that time would have turned the match in India’s favour.
This was at such a time that captain Kohli pulled off a stunning catch to set an example for the entire team.