Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar lashed out at Ajinkya Rahane after the Indian vice-captain’s call led to the unfortunate dismissal of Virat Kohli during the crucial stages on Day 1 of the Adelaide Test. The cricketer-turned commentator and analyst said he was amazed that Virat Kohli kept his composure despite the fault of his partner.
Virat Kohli, who looked set for what could have been his first century of the year 2020, got run-out on 74 due to a terrible mix-up between him and Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane pushed the ball towards short mid-off and called for a run before stopping a quick. Kohli took off and was almost midway through the pitch when Rahane retracted. Green collected the ball, threw it back to Lyon, who took off the bails.
Rahane realized his mistake and apologized to his captain, who surprisingly, remained quiet and walked off dejected. The unfortunate run-out of skipper Virat Kohli in the last hour of the third session triggered a late batting collapse of India and the visitors squandered all the advantage that they had gained earlier in the day.
“I was amazed that Virat Kohli kept his composure. Completely the fault of his partner, there is nothing to suggest that Kohli shouldn’t have backed up that much,” Sanjay Manjrekar told Sony Six after Stumps on Day 1 of the Adelaide Test.
“There was no run there, the fielder was too close. Kohli did the right thing, he had no business to look back. A little bit of disgust was shown but those are the painful moments that compensate for all the other perks you get from the game,” Manjrekar added.