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Virat Kohli lost two catches during India vs. Australia, and Mark Waugh explains what went wrong

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On Day 1 of the first Test in Nagpur, India dominated Australia, but there were a few times when the fielding might have been improved. Surprisingly, Virat Kohli was at the epicenter of two missed opportunities. First, in the 16th over of the day, the former captain of India offered Australia’s ace batter Steve Smith a break. Smith attempted a drive against a wider delivery on the opening ball of that over and received a heavy outside edge. At first slip, Kohli extended his right hand but was unable to secure the ball.

Later, during the second session, Peter Handscomb defeated Jadeja by one run. After striking wicketkeeper KS Bharat’s hands, the ball was deflected. Again fielding in the slips, Kohli was unable to get to the ball. While providing commentary, former Australia player Mark Waugh made the observation that “your legs have to be much closer to be able to move swiftly.” Handscomb was stopped at 31 while Smith scored 37.

“In his role, Kohli had a very high position. Should have remained a little lower, “Waugh threw in an offer. “He ought to have performed little better. almost as though he hadn’t anticipated it.”

As India dominated the first day of the first Test against Australia on Thursday, Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja picked up a five-wicket haul on his return to the international stage. On a shifting Nagpur surface, Jadeja finished with figures of 5-47 and fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed three wickets to dismiss Australia for 177 in the last session.

India’s reply saw them at 77 for one at the time of stumps, with skipper Rohit Sharma on 56 and Ashwin still at the crease without a run. Australia still has a 100-run lead over the hosts.

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