India's batting once again collapsed on foreign soil after a combination of tight bowling and rash shots led them to crawl to a score of 250 largely due to the brilliance of Cheteshwar Pujara.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the Indian top order seemed to have forgotten they were playing a Test match as they looked in a hurry to score quick runs and chase wide deliveries which led to their quick downfall.
KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, and Virat Kohli fell playing away from their body and got caught behind while Rohit Sharma departed looking to hit Nathan Lyon for a six.
Tired and almost disgusted at the familiar sight, Twiteratti made their emotions clear to the Indian batsmen picking youngster RIshabh Pant as the scapegoat.
Just as he is about to go out to bat, someone must whisper into Pant’s ear “Test cricket, not IPL”.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 6, 2018
What's more important to get selected into the Indian cricket team ??#BCCI #AUSvIND #KLRahul #Rahane #India #AUSvsIND #INDvAUS #IndvsAus #Australia #pujara #Kohli #ViratKohli #PAKvNZ #tattoo #RanjiTrophy #IPLAuction #OPPOR17Pro #AdelaideTest #poll #BabasahebAmbedkar #Opinion— #MeToo (@lndiaMeToo) December 6, 2018
Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara scored a patient century becoming the first Indian to score a century in Australia on day 1. His innings of 123 endeared him to the fans as it managed to guide India to a respectable score at the end of the first day's play.
Even former Australian players like Shane Warne, Michael Clarke, and Mitchell Johnson appreciated Pujara's innings.
Terrific innings from Pujara or “Steve” as the Yorkshire men called him as they couldn’t pronounce his first name Cheteshwar ! Congrats on a great ? ?— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 6, 2018
Pujara ?????????????? ? brilliant innings!— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 6, 2018
Pujara was eventually dismissed when he ran himself out and the day finished with India at 250-9 with Mohammed Shami at the crease and Jasprit Bumrah set to join him when play resumes tomorrow morning.