Australia spinner Todd Murphy picks up 7 wickets in Nagpur in Border-Gavaskar Trophy
Australia’s Todd Murphy made a remarkable debut in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy held at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. He impressed everyone with his spin-bowling skills, picking up a total of 7 wickets in the game, thereby becoming the youngest Australian to take a five-wicket haul on his Test debut. His figures of 7/124 in 47 overs are only second-best to those of Jason Krejza, who took 8 wickets at the same venue in November 2008.
Murphy proved to be a thorn in the Indian batting line-up’s side, as he was the only bowler who posed a challenge to themThe 22-year-old made a confident start to his Test career, dismissing KL Rahul on his very first delivery in Test cricket. The off-spinner’s delivery from around the wicket was flicked straight to Murphy, who held on to take his first wicket.
Murphy continued to trouble the Indian batting order and eventually got the breakthrough on Day 2, when he caught night watchman Ravichandran Ashwin lbw. He then dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for just 7 runs off 14 balls, with a top edge that carried straight to Scott Boland on short fine leg.The highlight of Murphy’s debut was dismissing former India skipper Virat Kohli for just 12 runs, as Kohli got a thin edge that carried to Alex Carey behind the stumps.
The 22-year-old spinner completed his five-wicket haul by dismissing KS Bharat lbw, leaving India at 240/7 after 83.1 overs. On Day 3, Murphy cleaned up the dangerous Ravindra Jadeja, who failed to read the spin on Murphy’s delivery, before getting rid of Mohammad Shami, who had earlier hit him for back-to-back sixes, to claim his seventh wicket of the innings.
In conclusion, Todd Murphy made an exceptional debut in the Test cricket arena, registering impressive figures that are only second-best to those of Jason Krejza in India. His successful start to his Test career is a promising sign for the young spinner and a boost for the Australian cricket team