The fourth and final Test of the four-match Test series between India and Australia kicked off on Thursday, March 9 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The start of the match was very special as India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Anthony Albanese who is the Australian Prime Minister, both were present on the first day of the match.
Meanwhile, during the first innings of the match, former Indian legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, who has some brilliant records and milestones to his name, commented on Australia’s stand-in Test skipper Steve Smith. He said,
“I have not seen much of Steve Smith. Is he a compulsive puller?”
However, this comment of Gavaskar ignited a spark among the fans and the legendary cricketer got criticised heavily for his comments on Smith. Interestingly, the right-handed Australian batter is one of the most talented batters of the longest format in the world and has also produced many big knocks in Border-Gavaskar Trophy, earlier.
Usman Khawaja smashed a brilliant ton
Smith is currently the no.2 ranked Test batter in the world and he has been very consistent in being in the top 3 rankings for a long time. On the other hand, Gavaskar played 125 Test matches and scored 10122 runs with a brilliant average of 51.12. He also has 34 centuries to his name in the longest format.
Meanwhile, talking about the fourth test, the Smith-led team won the toss and elected to bat first. The Indian team had a bad start as wicketkeeper KS Bharat dropped an easy catch of Travis Head earlier. However, they got rid of him later and got Marnus Labuschagne on the score of just 3 runs before lunch on Day 1.
But after lunch, it was all about the Kangaroos taking over the Men in Blues. The Indian bowlers looked clueless as the Australian batters, especially Usman Khawaja looked solid on the crease as he smashed a brilliant ton on Day 1. He also got brilliant support from allrounder Cameron Green. The Australian team ended on 255/4 at the end of the first day. Both batters came to bat on the second day and continued from where the left and remained unbeaten till lunch on the score of 347/4.