3 recent Overseas Test matches that India should have won but didn't
- 3 recent Overseas Test matches that India should have won but didn't
#2 India vs Australia, Adelaide Oval, 2014
A Test match symbolic and special in many ways; if only India had won it to make it better. It was the coming of age of Virat Kohli- the Test batsman.
Last few months preceding the match had not been good for the young Indian maestro; Jimmy Anderson had just exposed a chink in his armour around the fourth stump in what turned out to be a disastrous tour that saw him scrap to 134 runs across ten innings.
Two months later, Kohli was leading his side for the very first time at the Adelaide Oval after MS Dhoni had pulled out due to injury. If the pressure of performing with the bat wasn't enough, Kohli found himself under the Kosh, as Australia racked up 550 in their first innings. Kohli came into bat at 2-90 and was greeted with a Mitchell Johnson bouncer right away. But as all champions do, Kohli responded with a sublime 115 to take India to a competitive 444.
Australia swelled their lead to 364 to have a crack at Kohli's men. But little had the Aussies imagined this was a different Indian side- Kohli's side; they'd go for a win rather than play for a draw and get rolled over by 150 runs. But the task was cut-out against a confident Nathan Lyon on a pitch that had started to turn prodigiously.
Vijay and Kohli played with grit, skills, and tenacity to carve out a 118-run partnership and at 2-242, looked well-nigh in control of the game. Kohli brought up his second hundred of the game, and unfortunately, Vijay faltered. He missed a straight ball from Lyon in an attempt to hammer it to mid-wicket and was adjudged LBW, and his expression said it all; after all the hard work he'd given the Aussies a sniff.
Kohli continued in his merry way striking the fast bowlers with disdain as Rahane (0) and Rohit (6) capitulated to the turning ball. India 5-277. Saha took the attack on Lyon with a six and a four but it brought about his undoing as he aimlessly ran down the wicket to a drifter from the off-spinner as Kohli watched from the other end- furious and disappointed by the way his batsmen have led him down.
But, Kohli was still there. And the Aussies knew the game was far from over. With little batting to come, Kohli went on the offensive and lambasted Lyon over deep midwicket with disdain. But the very shot brought about his and India's undoing. Kohli went for another strike over deep midwicket only to mistime it to Mitchell Marsh, and the dream for Kohli and India was broken as the tourists folded eventually for 315; 48 runs adrift of the target.Published 07 Aug 2018, 13:30 IST