Australia v India, 1st T20, Sydney February 1, 2012

Vinay's redemption and Rohit's misfortune

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first Twenty20 between Australia and India, in Sydney

Improvisation of the day
The switch-hit is not quite the novelty it used to be, but batsmen keep doing it better. In the third over of the match, cramped until then by R Ashwin's straight bowling, David Warner became a right-hand batsman. He took a full ball from outside what would have been his leg stump, and punched it over what would have been long-off. If you had watched only from when he struck the ball onwards, you would have thought it was a classic lofted drive. Let's call it the switch-punch.

Jersey of the day
Changing jerseys at the start of a new series or new season has become a common marketing ploy, and Australia keep doing it. The change to India's jersey, however, was the addition of another big logo of their sponsors, Sahara, on the back of the jersey, under the number.

Welcome of the day
Rahul Sharma did not receive a warm welcome in Australia. With the rain pouring down, it was difficult to grip the ball. If that was not enough, Travis Birt smacked Rahul's fourth delivery back towards his face. It was hit with such fierce power Rahul could just about get his hand up to protect himself. Unfortunately, it goes down as a drop. To add injury to insult, the impact with his hand cut the little finger on his bowling hand, and he had to go off the field. He came back on to finish with figures of 3.4-0-27-1. That, though, included another dropped return catch, this one an easier one to his left, in the last over of the innings.

Redemption of the day, sort of
R Vinay Kumar's introduction to Test cricket was hostile. David Warner was the man who tormented him, hitting him for a six in his first over, and taking 43 runs off the 36 balls Vinay bowled to him. If Vinay has been having nightmares about Warner, tonight's game may ease his sleep a bit. He dismissed Warne after conceding five off two balls to him.

Haze of the day
If the two India openers were missing their hometown Delhi's fog and pollution, the organisers of the match made them feel at home. Massive fireworks went off during the short innings break and the smoke did not look like it would clear by the time the teams walked out. To add to that, a couple of giant torches went off as the Australia fielders walked out. The scenes during the first over were reminiscent of Delhi or Kanpur on a winter morning.

Misfortune of the day
Rohit Sharma spent the whole English summer in India, waiting for a chance. He went to England for the ODIs, and the first ball he faced reared up at him to break his finger. He was out for months. In Australia, he spent more than a month as subject of the debate over whether India were better off losing with young blood if they were going to lose anyway. India kept losing, Rohit kept spending time out of the side. When he finally got his first international game of the tour, today, he was cramped up first ball by a sharp offbreak from David Hussey. The ball hit his pad outside the line of leg before deflecting onto the stumps.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    now came to knw value of vinay kumar,he is da only consistent wicket taker right nw,who dedicate in field also!kudos man!really superb.

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Rohit was a failure. Got enough chances then. Now in ODI team, where is the place for him?. Gautham Gambhir or Shewag to be dropped for that. Requires guts from team management to do that. Rather Badrinath, a much better test player, was dumped without much opportunities.

  • Cric on February 2, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    the XI for next game should be Gambhir, Sachin (sehwag can be dropped), Virat, Raina,Rohit,MSD,Ashwin, Umesh, Irfan, Praveen, Rahul

  • Sathish on February 2, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @Dinesh singh - Good comment on R(N)ohit Sharma, i like it dude. U r absolutely right.

  • Ajay on February 2, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    To be fair to Vinay, He looked the best bowler on the day along with Rahul Sharma. He was consistently clocking above 135 kmph yesterday. The poor guy is being written of after just 10 overs in test cricket...Probably there are many other holy cows to be looked at before gunning for Vinay..

  • Barath on February 2, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    @Sashi94, lol again TYPICAL FLAT TRACK BULLISH INDIAN attitude, go watch the England Test matches you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, go watch the odis with England you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, watch the T20 with England you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, watch the india AUSTRALIA Test matches you will see who got WHOOPED & WHIPPED, 4-0, 3-0, 1-0, 4-0, that is exactly what is called being WHOOPED & WHIPPED my dearest friend!!!!

  • s on February 2, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    IND need IRFAN and UTHAPPA too, uthappa has the ability to play well in especially FOREIGN pitches he s a WELL hitter in Foreign ground earlier days He done that in CB series also Opening partnership with sachin and helped(as a opener he done little bit) india to won the seies 1ST time in aus he blasted his every 50's in ENG,Aus. Sehwag will be well suit in Asian pitches

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    I have a question and I hope I can get an answer here. It is regarding Tendulkar 99 centuries, which is a great achivement. I want to know how many of those centuries wer against Major test playing nations meaning that they were not scored against Namibia, Kenya, Zim, Bangladesh, Ireland, Holland, scotland, Bangladesh, and of those centuries scored against a major nations how many were in games where India won . ( Not including the draws/ties) and can we have the same STAT for Punter as well? My guess is Only 40 percent of Tendulkar tons were in wining causes, where as for Punter it will be more then 65 percent.

  • Hulk on February 2, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Even out streeside bowlers bowl way better than this guy called Vinay Kumar. Can't belive such an ordinary player played Test Match for India. Such mediocre players play for India purely as Dhoni Lobby.

  • Anit on February 2, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    India has problems with the Delhi openers. They have performed miserably in overseas tournaments of any format. How long will Shewag and Gambhir be persisted? They need to be given break until they sort out their technic and mental problems. Not sure why Dhoni is persisting with Vinay Kumar when he has a better option with batting allrounder in Irfan Pathan. Pathan will be as effective as Vinay Kumar in bowling.

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