The year 2020 almost came to an end, but another shock to the nation after India registered their lowest-ever Test total on Day 3 of the first Test in Adelaide from 9-1, India slipped to 19-6 and folded for a paltry 36/9 retired hurt.
Captain Virat Kohli, who had scored a fine half-century in the first innings, scored only 4 and Cheteshwar Pujara who had played over 150 balls in his first outing, could not even open an account. Rahane too walked back after scoring 0.
India on Saturday recorded their lowest score in Test cricket history with 36/9 during the second innings of the first Test match against Australia.
— The Assam Tribune (@assamtribuneoff) December 19, 2020
Mohammed Shami was retired out for one run as India set Australia a 90-run target to win the match. India’s previous lowest total in the longest format was 42, which they scored against England in 1974 at the Lord’s.
— ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2020
This was the first year since 2008 when Kohli couldn’t score a single century in the calendar year, across formats.
After a decent 53-run first innings lead, India is now staring at a humiliating defeat with only 89 runs to defend.
At one stage, India was reduced to 26 for 8 and looked like equalling the lowest ever Test score (26 by New Zealand) but Hanuma Vihari’s boundary helped them evade entry into the dark pages of cricketing history.
India now occupies the seventh position in the overall list of lowest Test totals.
India’s lowest totals in Tests:
36/9 vs Australia at Adelaide Oval in 2020
42 vs England at Lord’s in 1974
58 vs Australia at Brisbane in 1947
58 vs England at Manchester in 1952
66 vs South Africa at Durban in 1996
67 vs Australia at Melbourne in 1948
75 vs West Indies at Delhi in 1987
76 vs South Africa at Ahmedabad in 2008
Indian fans, former cricketers posted their reactions on Twitter. Here are some of them:
it could be worse, we may have woken up at 5am on a Saturday for this #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 19, 2020
Can never get ahead of yourself in this game. Especially when the ball is pink! #BorderGavaskarTrophy
— Usman Khawaja (@Uz_Khawaja) December 19, 2020
Granddad told me a about 0/4 at Leeds.
Dad read about 42 all out at lord’s
I saw 66 and 81 all out
Kid sees this.
Circle of Indian batting
— Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) December 19, 2020