A rare occurrence in Pune, as Virat Kohli-led India collapsed like a pack of cards against the Australian spin duo of Steven O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon. After losing three early wickets right at the top due to some sheer brilliance from Mitchell Starc, the hosts seemed to be on road for a recovery. Opener KL Rahul looked in good nick as he ran short of partners at the other end.
Rahul collaborated well along with Ajinkya Rahane and in the due course reached a well compiled half-century. However, an absolutely questionable shot from the opener led to his downfall as India lost their fourth wicket on 94. That was just the beginning of a ridiculous collapse as further misery awaited the hosts.
Once Rahul made the dreaded walk back, Rahane also went soon and India seemed in complete mess. 95/5 soon turned into 98/8 within the blink of an eye as O’ Keefe ran through the lower middle-order to have the hosts in dire straits. Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, fresh from a ton against Bangladesh, was dismissed for a duck.
India’s agony finally ended at 105 as Umesh Yadav was the last man to be dismissed and in return, O’Keefe got a well deserved five-wicket haul. As far as the collapse is concerned, this was easily India’s worst ever collapse in Test cricket.
Losing a magnanimous seven wickets while adding a paltry margin of 11 runs is India’s worst ever collapse in the game and it comes up against a side that wasn’t expected to bowl as good as it eventually did.
Before this, India’s worst collapse in Tests was against New Zealand at Christchurch, when they lost 7/18 way back in 1990.
India’s Worst Collapses:
- 7 for 11* vs Australia – Pune, 2017
- 7 for 18 vs New Zealand – Christchurch, 1990