Todd Murphy, who made his Test debut in the series opener of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Nagpur on Thursday, had a life-changing moment when Virat Kohli was dismissed. On Day 2 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, batting legend Kohli displayed a rare batting error in the first innings when the former India captain was removed for a cheap total by spinner Murphy. Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri dissected Kohli’s dismissal and said that the seasoned batsman was unfortunate to be removed from the game in Nagpur in an unorthodox way.

After launching a few beautiful drives, Kohli ultimately gave up his wicket in Murphy’s 53rd over of bowling. After lunch, Kohli went out on the first pitch. After Kohli played a mediocre flip shot, Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey took a quick catch, thus reducing India to 151-4 in the first innings. When defending Kohli, Shastri said something intriguing about the top batter’s shabby dismissal.

“What bad luck! That is choked down the side of the leg. He’ll only get struck out in that way once every 50 innings, by the way. Don’t bring up technique or how an off-spinner got him out. Ignore all of it. He is out, which is unfortunate, but from Australia’s perspective, it was the perfect move because they needed a wicket. After that, you immediately get momentum, “told Star Sports, Shastri.

In India’s first essay in Nagpur, Kohli made 12 runs off of 26 balls. In his most recent games, the 34-year-old has had trouble getting going against spinners. While Mitchell Santner of New Zealand defeated Kohli in India’s last home match, the former Indian captain was struck down twice by spinners during the Bangladesh Test series.

Since September 2022, the batting prodigy has smashed four centuries in international cricket. 2019 was Kohli’s most recent century in a Test. The run-producing juggernaut known as India is close to reaching 25,000 runs in international cricket. The last match of Australia’s forgettable series against India in 2017 came from Kohli. At the time, the top hitter had only amassed 46 runs over the three Test matches.

The former Indian captain has amassed 1694 runs against Australia in the longest and most traditional style of the game, averaging over 50. The daring batsman has scored around 8130 runs for Team India in 105 Test matches. At Sabina Park in 2011, Kohli made his Test debut against the West Indies.