Smith successfully countered the left-arm spinner’s rotation by moving down the track. Axar finished over another maiden. At the time of the change of ends, Kohli, who was positioned at the first slip, embraced Smith and engaged in a brief conversation. The two gaming legends were grinning from ear to ear.
The India vs. Australia Border-Gavaskar Trophy got off to a good start despite all the heated arguments about the Nagpur pitch amongst retired cricketers and the media in both nations. With the Australian hitters, Virat Kohli, who is often the fielding aggressor, took the initiative to show tremendous togetherness. In the opening session of the first Test match in Nagpur on Thursday, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne also joked about with Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma.
When Ravindra Jadeja spun a ball past Labuschagne in his opening over, everything began. The Australia batsman turned to face Kohli, who was gesturing for the ball to be left alone as he was in the slip cordon.
Smith and Labuschagne maintained the cordial interactions by giving the Indian spinners Axar Patel and Jadeja a thumbs up on a few occasions for breaking their bat.
The tiniest discussion between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in the 14th over of the Australian batting order was maybe the most charming of all these. Smith successfully countered the left-arm spinner’s rotation by moving down the track. Axar finished over another maiden. When the ends were switched, Kohli, who was positioned at the first t slip, embraced Smith, and they engaged in a brief conversation. The two gaming legends were grinning from ear to ear.
It should be noted that Kohli and Smith had previously laughed together on the field. When the Australian batter was being jeered by the crowd during the India vs. Australia group stage match of the 2019 ODI World Cup, the then-Indian skipper made a name for himself by defending him.
Returning to the Australia vs. India first Test, the Australian camp’s grins swiftly disappeared during the post-lunch session. Following the early dismissals of David Warner and Usman Khawaja by Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, Smith and Labuschagne helped to steady the ship. At lunch on Day, they took Australia to 76 for 2. But Ravindra Jadeja’s intervention in the second session quickly brought about a shift.
In his first international encounter in five months, Jadeja quickly eliminated Smith (37), Labuschagne (49), and Matt Renshaw (0), leaving Australia in disarray.
After that, Peter Handscomb and Alex Carey had a counterattacking 50-run partnership that was eventually interrupted by Ravichandran Ashwin. The seasoned bowler first dismissed Carey before dismissing Pat Cummins, the skipper of Australia.
Todd Murphy, a rookie, was hit by Jadeja, which put Australia in serious jeopardy. On Day 1, they had a 178 for 8 score at tea.