The worst aspect of India’s humiliation in Adelaide is that the Test also represented their best chance of victory in all four rounds of games.
India’s captain and top drummer Virat Kohli is now leaving Australia to join his wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child.
Absolutely the right choice, but Kohli’s departure puts salt in the wound of 36 in total, the lowest score ever recorded in India.
More good news for Australian fans, star left-handed David Warner has a good chance of coming back to the top of the batting order, while fast Indian Mohammed Shami is in doubt.
“Very hard to put those feelings into words,” Kohli said after one of the really crazy days in cricket, in a really crazy year.
“We had a 60 odd lead and we collapsed.
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“When you work hard for two days and put yourself in a position of strength, then an hour puts you in a position where it is literally impossible to win … I think we should have shown a little more intention today ‘hui. “
Contrary to pre-match predictions, India had their noses ahead for much of the pink ball test – but the failure to execute the basics came back biting them in the butt.
Kohli won the toss, hit first and looked on the right track for a superb century before his deputy Ajinkya Rahane chased him for 74.
India gathered 244 in their first rounds, but it should have been over 300.
The Tourists then had Australia on the ropes at 5-79 and 7-111, but a string of lost catches – some easy, some tough – got Tim Paine and his company tinkering with 191.
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This proved to be more than enough as Josh Hazlewood (5-8) and Pat Cummins (4-21) faced India on the third day throwing the ball at a good pace.
“They played the same kind of zones in the first innings, but our mindset was probably to score points,” Kohli said.
“To be honest there were some good balls but the ball didn’t do anything drastic.
“I think it was the state of mind, it was very obvious.
“It was like the lanes were so hard to find and the bowlers became confident.
“I think it was a combination of lack of intent and the bowlers hit their zones.”
Rahane now takes the reins for the rest of the test series as Kohli trades batting training for diaper training.
His talent, leadership and charisma will be sorely missed when the battle resumes in Melbourne on Boxing Day.
“Obviously you want to get involved in the cause of the team, a result would have been really nice,” Kohli said.
“But I’m pretty confident the boys in the future will think about it and come back stronger on Boxing Day.”
Kohli said team management was awaiting the results of the scan from Shami, who “could barely raise his arm.”
Meanwhile, Australian captain Paine was very classy as he consoled Kohli and tried to put the events of the day into perspective.
Paine was named man of the match for his 73 unrated fights and seven catches.
“I said in the media this morning that these two attacks have the capacity to take over quick wickets,” Paine said.
“I didn’t expect them to come so quickly.
“When our boys are performing and there’s something in the wicket, that’s what can happen.
“When you’re as tall as our boys and as fast as our boys it can get really tough, so thank you again to our bowlers.
“Absolutely delighted with the way we bowled, but our stick was below what we expected.”