Saini is the 5th Indian to take the wicket of a debutant batsman on Test debut.
Pukowski became Saini’s first test victim
Australia’s young batsman Will Pucovski’s debut in the Sydney Test was amazing. He scored 62 runs in the first innings. Along with this, he also formed a century partnership with Marnus Labuschen for the second wicket. The result was that for the first time in the series Australia was seen giving a fight to Team India. Pukowski presented an unmatched sample of batting. He also played the pace of Bumrah and Siraj well, and took iron from Ashwin’s spin.
But they say that not every batsman has some mistake. There is something wrong with his technique. The same happened with Will Pukowski. Taking advantage of 2 lives in the first innings, he took a half-century. But, his innings came to an end as soon as he faced the second debutant of the match i.e. Indian fast bowler Navdeep Saini.
Jaffer’s idea came in handy
Saini took a wicket in his very first over and removed Pukowski, who was a threat to India. Now the question is how Saini got this success. So he attacked Pukowski’s weak pulse, which former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer mentioned during the match via tweet. Jafar wrote that Pukowski’s middle stump is being exposed. Indian bowlers should bowl wicket to wicket by putting a field on the leg side. Jafar also predicted Pukowski to be LBW.
Pucovski goes so far that even the middle stump is exposed. India should continue to bowl in the stumps to him with leg side field just need one to Jag back and hit the pad. Also a Leg stump Yorker won’t be a bad option. #AUSvsIND pic.twitter.com/ZMdj0FpM0n
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) January 7, 2021
Saini won the battle of debutant VS debutant
Saini tried the same Jafar Wala formula and succeeded in hunting his first test. The ball on which Saini took the wicket of Pukowski had a speed of 144 kmph. That is, the second fastest ball thrown till then in the match. Pukowski became LBW on this.
Saini 5th Indian who took debutant’s wicket on debut
Saini is the 5th Indian to take the wicket of a debutant batsman on Test debut. Before that, Vijay Hazare and SG Shinde took the wickets of Arbahad Ayub in the years 1946, 1987–88, Zaheer Khan in his debut in 2000–01, the debutant batsman of the opposing team.
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