One of the greatest cricket brains Michael Hussey, who was commenting during day two of the pink ball Test between India and Australia, noted that the visitors would have sent back Australia to hut more early had Mohammed Shami bowled with the new ball.
As per the traditions in the previous matches, Mohammed Shami has partnered Jasprit Bumrah with the new ball. But in the maiden day-night Test match in Adelaide Oval, Umesh Yadav was handed the shining pink ball and the pacer didn’t disappoint as he was bowling accurate line and lengths but he could not get wickets of the openers.
Michael Hussey, former Australian coach, stated that Shami was in better form than other Indian pacers. As per Hussey, he was looking dangerous and if Virat Kohli had given him the new ball, he would have ran through Australia’s top-order.
“I think India should have opened their bowling with Shami. It was a different game when India were bowling, they looked to pitch it up more and attack the stumps, and when he came on he was bringing the batsmen forward.
“He looked a lot more dangerous. If he had that new pink ball in his hands he would have had a good chance of picking up a wicket for India,” Michael Hussey said.
Although Mohammed Shami was bowling gas and building pressure on Australians, he could not get a wicket in his name in Australia’s first innings. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin got the early wickets while the late bust of Umesh Yadav helped India to all-out Australia within a day.
The bowling has been excellent: Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey reckons that both the sides have bowled beautifully but India nullified Australia’s attack as the trio- Kohli, Pujara and Rahane- presented the class of patience. But the former cricketer believes that it won’t be easy for batting on the remaining days.
“But the bowling has been excellent, it really has. I think the Australians bowled beautifully yesterday, they made India work hard with their runs. India fought really back with the bat, particularly Kohli, Pujara and Rahane. But as I said the pitch has quickened up today and the wickets have fallen quickly. But it doesn’t look easy for batting,” he said.
India bundled out Australia for 191 runs while have gained the lead of 62 runs as they will move on to bat on day two at Adelaide Oval.