Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane has pulled off one of the worst reviews in cricket history during day one of the first Test match against Australia.
Rahane is set to take over the captaincy when India captain Virat Kohli departs the country, but his judgment will need a drastic readjustment after two “dumb” decisions on Thursday evening.
Moments earlier, Rahane had robbed his skipper of a chance to score a long-awaited century, stranding Kohli halfway down the pitch after a horrific piece of running between the wickets.
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With a new batsman at the crease, the pressure was on Rahane to stabilise the innings, but the 32-year-old still needed to survive 10 overs with a new pink ball under lights.
Unfortunately, he didn’t last four deliveries.
Mitchell Starc immediately got the fresh pill swinging under Adelaide Oval’s artificial lights, and trapped the Indian batsman plump LBW with a well-directed inswinger in the 81st over.
Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane.Source:Getty Images
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Rahane’s instantly headed towards the sheds, but partner Hanuma Vihari chased after his vice-captain, encouraging him to call for the DRS.
However, the umpire’s decision was validated when Hawkeye showed the ball would have cannoned into middle and leg.
Rahane made his way back to the pavilion for 42, and India were suddenly in dire straits after a promising start on day one.
“That’s a classic Mitchell Starc dismissal with the brand new ball,” former Australian Test captain Ricky Ponting said on Channel 7.
“Rahane had it right the first time. That is absolutely plum.”
A furious Kohli was filmed rubbing his face in frustration as Rahane left the field, knowing how costly his deputy’s twin errors were.
Australian legend Allan Border said on Fox Cricket: “The skipper’s probably thinking about all the hard work that went into getting to a really good position.
“He would have liked to be there to take on the new ball. It wasn’t to be.”
Rahane’s decision-making in the last half hour has been pretty shabby. #AUSvIND
Yeah that was a dumb referral #AUSvIND
Ohhh… is Vihari’s insistence on Ajinkya reviewing that decision WORSE than #Rahane’s run out of #Kohli?!?! The Indians are doing each other over #AUSvIND
Live footage of Rahane heading to the dressing room #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/YA3Konai7J
Sydney Morning Herald journalist Andrew Wu tweeted: “After running out Virat Kohli then burning a review, this is a great time for Ajinkya Rahane to socially distance himself from his captain.”
Soon after, Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood trapped Vihari LBW to leave India reeling at 6/206.
India had lost 3/18 in a tumultuous period of play, and all their specialist batsman were back in the sheds.
The tourists are 6/233 at stumps, with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha on nine not out and spin bowler Ravi Ashwin on 15 not out.
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