Kuldeep Yadav was the 288th player to debut for India in the longest format of the game and he just orchestrated an incredible turnaround for his side on the very first day of the 4th Test at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Saturday.

 

With figures of 23-3-68-4, Kuldeep was easily the pick of the bowlers for India. His first ever Test victim was David Warner, who had just scored his first half-century of the series. Kuldeep also removed Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins.

 

Umesh Yadav picked up a couple of wickets as well. Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up a wicket each.

 

Australia got off to a flier after skipper Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat first. Smith and Warner rattled to 130/1 in no time. The Aussie skipper brought up his third century of the series and his 19th overall in Tests. But his valiant effort did not last long as he became a victim of Ashwin again.

 

In the last session, Matthew Wade showed some resistance with a gritty fifty but Jadeja was in business again as he cleaned up the Aussie batsman. Australia were bundled out for 300. India have a great chance to capitalise on this situation and pile up a huge score.

 

However, Indian batsmen should be wary of the pitch as the ball has been doing quite a bit since morning. The ball has also turned square at a number of occasions. Steve O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon might have already taken a note of it.   

 

Each and every single Indian cricket fan was sceptical about how Ajinkya Rahane would lead this side against Australia in the 4th Test. But Rahane pretty much proved his critics wrong and did phenomenally well on field on Day 1.