Aussie skipper Steve Smith resists India with epic hundred

Aussie skipper Steve Smith resists India with epic hundred

Aussie skipper Steve Smith resists India with epic hundred

The 22-year-old generated extra bounce and the ball flew off the shoulder of Warner's bat en route to India's stop-gap skipper Ajinkya Rahane at slip.

When asked about the wicket at Dharamsala, Kuldeep said, "The wicket was good to bat on, the ball was not turning much".

Australia have forced the world No.1 to dig deep into their bag of tricks this series but India have found an answer each time.

First he dismissed David Warner to end a rapid century stand with Smith, then he got one to drift away before spinning in to have Peter Handscomb bowled and followed that up with a ideal wrong 'un to send back Glenn Maxwell. "It's fun to learn it for him and then dismiss batsmen from his own country".

Selectors were grasping for straws trying to find another Shane Warne and since Smith started off as a legspinner, he was given a punt.

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"Dream come true for me".

"Warne is my idol and I have followed him since childhood, even now I watch his videos". I did exactly what he (Warne) told me to do.

India were woeful in the first session, fielding awfully, bowling without discipline and distinctly lacking intensity in the absence of firebrand skipper Virat Kohli, who was ruled out through injury. "Yeah, it took a couple of balls to get used to it". All the Indian batsmen, barring Kohli, have been among the runs in the series, with Cheteshwar Pujara getting a marathon match-saving double-hundred and stumper Wriddhiman Saha a brilliant century in the third Test. Unlike India's finger spinners, who were frequently punished on the drive when they overpitched, Kuldeep was able to toss his deliveries right up because of the sharp dip he earned.

Leg spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, who handed Kuldeep the cap ahead of the match in the morning, captured 12 wickets in his first home Test - second overall, the teenager bowling India to an eight-wicket win over England at Mumbai in 1984. I showed him I was bowling the wrong 'un, but bowled the chinaman.

"Chinaman is hard because not many bowlers do it but it came naturally to me when I started playing cricket. That was something you get a little bit excited about", Wade added.

A day which started so promisingly for Australia was in danger of careering out of control on the stroke of tea when Smith departed, but a fighting half-century to Matthew Wade, his first of the series, enabled them to post 300 in their first innings.

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