India is currently involved in a highly-anticipated pink-ball Test game against Australia at Adelaide Oval. The Day 2 of the marquee Test saw a lot of drama happening in the middle as the bowlers ruled the show. India started the day with a score of 206 for 6 with Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin performing the duties with the willow.
However, it took the Australian bowling side just 25 deliveries to dismiss the visiting side at a score of 244. Just like the hosts, the pace attack of the Indian side was at its lethal best as they managed to scare the opposition batsmen with their consistency and control over their length and pace. Jasprit Bumrah gave early breakthroughs to the visitors by picking the wickets of the opening duo of Matthew Wade and Joe Burns.
Ashwin was also at his fluent best with the ball as he thrashed Australia’s middle-order and ended up picking four crucial wickets of Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green and Nathan Lyon. Pacer Umesh Yadav also finished with 3 wickets while bowling at an economy of 2.5.
Shane Warne opens on Mohammed Shami’s torn shoe
The Indian seamer Mohammed Shami, who has emerged as the backbone of India’s bowling line-up across all the formats, was also decent with the ball throughout the day. However, he left the viewers confused when he graced the field while sporting a torn shoe on his left foot.
The former Australian bowler and cricket analyst Shane Warne cleared the mystery behind Shami’s torn shoe by stating that Shami’s left toe needs more space when the seamer executes his high-arm bowling action. Thus, to avoid any negative impact on his bowling, the Indian cricket team player entered the field with a torn shoe.
The veteran further highlighted that the torn part allows his left toe to be free while the foot is landing and helps Shami in properly executing a delivery. Further, Warne also joked about the whole scenario saying that the Indian right-arm seamer would never dare to wear these torn shoes while batting as the Australians would injure him by firing back-to-back yorkers.
In the ongoing Test against Australia, Shami failed to pick a single wicket but he bowled plenty of dot balls to ensure that his economy remains less than 2.5.
Source: Cricket News – CricTracker