The opening day of the highly anticipated World Test Championship match between India and Australia at the Oval Cricket Stadium in London saw two cricketing stalwarts, Shikhar Dhawan and Chris Gayle, adding an extra dose of excitement as they attended the game. The atmosphere in the stands was electric, with fans eagerly anticipating a thrilling encounter between these two cricketing powerhouses.
Shikhar Dhawan, known for his aggressive batting style and exuberant personality, was seen proudly sporting the Indian jersey as he took his seat in the stands. His presence ignited a wave of enthusiasm among the Indian fans, who eagerly awaited the action to unfold on the field. Dhawan’s trademark smile and friendly gestures towards the crowd further added to the excitement in the stadium.
Meanwhile, the arrival of the West Indian superstar, Chris Gayle, added a touch of flamboyance to the proceedings. Gayle, known for his towering stature and dynamic batting, made a grand entrance, dressed in his characteristic vibrant attire. His infectious energy and larger-than-life persona resonated with the fans, who were thrilled to see him present at the match.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Chris Gayle is the definition of Perfect Retirement. The guy is enjoying Cricket but doesn't represent paid Cricket influencers like others.
— Mostly Cricket (@BoliMocr) June 7, 2023
— Sandpaper (@77Gillszn) June 7, 2023
even they are laughing on rohit's captaincy 😭😭
— BackFoot || #KenningtonOval (@82_MCG_classic) June 7, 2023
bro looks sad about Ashwin's exclusion pic.twitter.com/IprjHmSMVf
— ameer⚡ (@ameer7xd) June 7, 2023
Bad captaincy sadly. There is no real pressure whatsoever. Wouldn't be surprised if they both score 80+
— vamsi (@vamsitwts) June 7, 2023
At this point of time, Indians should be happy with a draw.
— SavageCreature (@SavageCreature) June 7, 2023
The universe boss having a great time nowadays. 🥳
— 𝘾𝙍𝙄𝘾𝙆𝙀𝙏 𝘾𝙍𝘼𝙕𝙔 𝘼𝘿𝙄𝙏𝙔𝘼 🏏 (@imAditya168_) June 7, 2023
Once we had an ICC knockout clutch player like Dhawan, now we have these IPL bullies getting bullied.
— Ankit (@cricholic90) June 7, 2023
2 better openers than nohit
— B` (@Bishh04) June 7, 2023
Laughing at India😂😂
— murphyy (@mxrrphyy) June 7, 2023
Two best left handers
— Deepu (@deepu_speaks) June 7, 2023
The innings slowly inching in Australia’s favour
As the on-field action commenced, India won the toss and elected to bowl first, signaling their confidence in their bowling attack. All eyes were on the players as the scoreboard began to reflect the unfolding drama.
Australia’s first innings started with David Warner and Usman Khawaja opening the batting. Warner showcased his attacking prowess, striking the ball to the boundary ropes with ease. However, his innings was cut short when Shardul Thakur produced a brilliant delivery, resulting in a catch behind the stumps by the agile Indian wicketkeeper, KS Bharat. Warner departed after contributing 43 runs off 60 deliveries, including eight boundaries.
Usman Khawaja, on the other hand, struggled to find his rhythm and was the first to go, falling victim to Mohammed Siraj’s impeccable line and length. The Australian opener lasted for just 10 balls before giving a catch to Pant.
Marnus Labuschagne, a vital cog in the Australian batting lineup, showcased his determination and solid technique as he faced the Indian bowlers. However, his resilience was ultimately broken by a fiery delivery from Mohammed Shami, which dismantled his stumps. Labuschagne departed after scoring 26 runs from 62 deliveries, including three boundaries.
At the end of 58th over, Steven Smith remained unbeaten, displaying his characteristic grit and resilience. Smith’s patient innings of 36 runs off 127 deliveries, including four boundaries, formed the backbone of the Australian innings.
Travis Head, partnering with Smith, played an aggressive knock to bolster the Australian total. Head’s attacking approach saw him hit 77 runs off 86 balls, including 13 boundaries. His innings injected momentum into the Australian batting lineup and provided much-needed stability.