Harsha Bhogle takes a dig at Aussie media for Virat-fixation
Published - Mar 26, 2017 5:07 pm | Updated - Mar 26, 2017 5:07 pm
Ever since the commencement of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, both the cricketing rivals; India and Australia, have had bad blood between them, both on and off the field. Always critical of what the hosts do in the series, the Australian publishers received criticism from an unlikely individual during the fourth and final Test match in Dharamsala.
On Saturday, famous Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle questioned the Aussie media as to how they plan to mock Indian skipper Virat Kohli now since he is not a part of the playing XI. Kohli, who sustained a shoulder injury during the third Test in Ranchi, couldn’t regain total fitness before the final Test and was thus sidelined in Dharamsala.
The Australian media has made the Indian captain a subject of intense media scrutiny. Some section of their media even went to the extent of comparing Kohli to the president of the United States Donald Trump.
Apart from targeting Kohli, the Australians were also critical of the nature of Indian pitches. But the Dharamsala pitch has been hailed a perfect Test wicket, as was predicted by many. Bhogle also talked about the scenic beauty of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, which the Australian team also hailed as one of the best.
On the opening day of the last Test, debutant Kuldeep Yadav generated most of the headlines for picking up 4 wickets. India’s first ever left-arm wrist spinner, the 22-year-old bamboozled visiting batsmen in a brilliant post-lunch spell, accounting for David Warner (56), Glenn Maxwell (8), and Peter Handscomb (8)
India did not lose any wicket or score any run in the single over bowled by Josh Hazlewood before stumps were drawn. Australia made a good comeback in the game as Team India was on the backfoot at the end of day 2 with the scoreboard reading 248/6.