Australia vs India: Virat Kohli juggles the ball; umpire takes it from him

Australia vs India: Virat Kohli juggles the ball; umpire takes it from him

Kohli endured a rare failure today and was strangled down the leg-side.

Virat Kohli & Richard Kettleborough
Virat Kohli & Richard Kettleborough. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The fourth and final Test match of the series between Australia and India got underway in Sydney. The visitors enjoyed a field day after winning the toss on the back of a superb century from Cheteshwar Pujara who remained unbeaten on 130 even as India finished on 303/4. The Indian captain Virat Kohli endured a rare failure and was strangled down the leg-side by Josh Hazlewood early in the third session.

However, just before the session began, a cheeky incident took place between the umpire Richard Kettleborough and Kohli. The ever enthusiastic and pumped up Kohli walked into the middle way before the opposition took the field. With time in his hands, he took the red cherry which was 52 overs old, in his hands and started juggling the ball with his bat.

In the meantime, Kettleborough who was standing beside him at that point in time took the ball away from Virat Kohli and denied him from doing it. It might’ve gone altered the condition of the ball when not in play. Though there was no such intention from Virat, the umpire might have just taken a precautionary step and even Kohli didn’t make much fuss about it.

Here’s the video:

India in a strong position

Team India, however, are in a great position to boss the Test match. Pujara’s century has put them ahead in the game once again. He got great support from Mayank Agarwal who scored his second half-century making a statement. The duo added 116 runs for the second wicket after losing KL Rahul early in the day. Since then, the tourists dominated the proceedings.

Despite the fall of Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in the final session, Hanuma Vihari played the second new ball exceptionally well as he looked comfortable at number six. With a lot of runs already on the board, India are putting themselves in a position from where they won’t lose the game and win their first ever Test series Down Under.

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