WATCH: Virat Kohli turns his arm over for a couple of overs after ineffectiveness of Indian bowlers

India could only pick up six wickets at the end of third day's play.

Virat Kohli bowling during the practice match

Virat Kohli had to bowl after seeing Indian bowlers struggling to break the seventh wicket partnership of Cricket Australia XI. The medium pacer rolled his arm but couldn't produce a wicket. India managed to remove six of the host's batsmen when with the score on 234.

At the end of the third day's play, CA XI posted 356/6. It was the seventh wicket partnership which added 122 runs in Australia's total; helping them to overcome the collapse they suffered.

Harry Nielsen and Aaron Hardie have been impressive with the bat. Virat might have thought of taking a revenge from Hardie who dismissed him when he was batting on 64 in the first innings. But after bowling two overs, Kohli went wicket-less.

Kohli has a very unorthodox bowling action. He is a wrong-footed bowler and his teammates often laugh when he comes to bowl.

Talking to Virat had said, "Everyone laughs when I come on to bowl; does not matter how serious the situation is. When they see me hold the ball, everyone turns away. They are all smiling and laughing. Even I feel my bowling action is funny, but I think I get the job done which is most important. If people have some sort of fun watching me a bowl, I don't mind."

For India, only Mohammad Shami looked threatening as he bagged three wickets. Even Jasprit Bumrah suffered a wicket drought, while R Ashwin and Umesh Yadav picked up a wicket each.

The real blow for India was the injury to Prithvi Shaw. Shaw has been ruled out of the first Test in Adelaide, because of an ankle injury he suffered while fielding along the boundary ropes.


By Sihyeu Singh - 30 Nov, 2018

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