India-Australia have started the last battle for Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016/17 in Dharamshala, which looks very promising to be another ripper contest. India concluded visitor’s batting line-up just before the stumps of day one at exactly 300 with the help of quality wrist spin by debutant Kuldeep Yadav. Captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and stumper Matthew Wade anchored their batting against Indian bowlers.
Kuldeep Yadav was star performer of day one as he left the field after taking 4 for 68 in his debut Test and bamboozled David Warner, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins with his variations. Wade was one of the survivors of this brilliant spell and in this process, he notched up his fourth Test fifty and first in last four years.
He revealed after this knock that he struggled to read his variations. “It took a couple of balls to figure out his variations. He bowled a lot of different deliveries. He bowled some leg-breaks with a scrambled seam and used the wrong-un with a scrambled seam as well. Once you settle in, you can read him. He bowled really well,” he said.
Asked whether his team was surprised with Kuldeep's inclusion, he added, “We have a look at everyone before the start of the series. The boys were on top of what he was going to bowl.”
Meanwhile, Steve Smith scored yet another hundred against Indian bowling line-up, which is his seventh overall versus this opposition and third on this tour. Wade feels that he is on the way to becoming one of the greatest ever batsmen produced by Australia. “Smith looks like he is playing a different game. He is one of the best players in the world at the moment and he is on course to be one of the best batsmen Australia has ever produced,” the 29-year-old said.
On the question of pitch’s behaviour, he believes its bounce is pretty exciting. “This is the best carry we have had from a pitch in this series. The cracks are playing a big role for the spinners and quicks. We hope to get something out of the wicket with the new ball tomorrow,” he concluded.