Premature celebration is very common in sports. Cricket not being an exception. Last year, we saw how Bangladesh’s Mushfiqer Rahim celebrated prematurely, thinking that Bangladesh had won the game in the WT20. Turned out, they lost the game in a thrilling last over.
On the first day of the fourth Test between India and Australia in Dharamsala, wicketkeeper batsman Matthew Wade made the Australian dressing room cheer for his fifty even before he had reached the milestone.
Here is the video:
This was a comedy of error. A one of its kind. But it was not a funny day for Australia by any means. The visitors had a good start in the game, closing the first session of play at 131 for 1. Captain Steve Smith and David Warner got the team to a good start but then debutant for India, Kuldeep Yadav turned out to be the differentiator. He picked 3 quick wickets in the afternoon session, dismantling the Australian middle-order.
Matthew Wade played well and the fifty did happen to him before he was clean bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. Australia were bowled out for exact 300, with captain Steve Smith top-scoring again with 111 runs in 173 deliveries, including 14 fours and completing his third Test hundred on the tour.
Australia will need to bowl well to get Indians out or else they will not have any opportunity to celebrate. Not even the premature celebrations.