Australia was right on top of their game on Thursday. And the main man who inflicted the major damage on Indian bowling was the debutant Will Pucovski. He made a brilliant half-century to start his Test career to a positive start. But India did have a few chances to get him out early. In fact, he was given out on one occasion and was called back on to the crease after the third umpire found out that Pant hadn’t taken the catch completely.
The controversial incident happened in the last ball of the 25th over. Bowler Mohammad Siraj bowled a short ball and Pucovski got hurried due to the extra pace. He hit the ball on the glove and Pant who was keeping made a mess of that opportunity. He leaped backward to grab it and in the process, the ball spilled out of his hand. With the naked eye, it looked to be out and even the umpire gave the soft signal as out. But on close examination, it was found that the ball hit the ground and Pant managed to grab the ball on the second attempt after hitting the ground. And rightly so, the decision was reversed and Pucovski was called back on to the crease.
This was not the first incident on this day where Rishabh Pant looked clueless. Before this incident, he had dropped a simple catch of Ashwin’s bowling. Will Pucovski was the batsman on strike, during that situation also.
These two lives helped Pucovski to make his way towards his maiden Test half-century. He made 62 of 110 balls and made a strong statement that he belonged to the highest level. Finally, he was dismissed by another debutant Navdeep Saini who trapped him in front of the stumps.