IND vs AUS: I Am Sort Of Pinching Myself – Matthew Kuhnemann Speaks On His Performance On The Opening Day Of The Third Test

IND vs AUS: I Am Sort Of Pinching Myself – Matthew Kuhnemann Speaks On His Performance On The Opening Day Of The Third Test

During the 3rd Test of the Gavaskar Frontier Trophy In Indore, left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann got some advice from senior teammate Nathan Lyon before taking the field on Day 1.

Kuhnemann took advantage of the guidance and took his first 5-wicket haul in Test cricket, playing a crucial role in Australia’s dominance over India’s batting line-up at Holkar Stadium.

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He ended the day with impressive figures of 5 for 16 in 9 overs as India were dismissed for just 109 runs. Despite winning the toss and opting to bat first, India were unable to capitalize on the early lead, with Virat Kohli top-scoring with 22 runs.

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Speaking of his performance from the opening day, where he bagged five wickets against India, Matthew Kuhnemann was pleased with his performance and thanked veteran spinner Nathan Lyon for his advice to bowl against the Indian batsmen.

“Nathan Lyon was fantastic for me. He said ‘roll up your sleeve and enter the contest’. It doesn’t really matter if you’re bowling with Rohit. Yes, Rohit is one of the best in these conditions, but he asked me to take more care of myself,” Matthew Kuhnemann told Star Sports.

Given the chance to bowl the new ball by substitute captain Steve Smith, Matthew Kuhnemann accepted the challenge and dismissed the in-form Rohit Sharma, a crucial ground for Australia.

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“Yeah definitely. Somehow we reviewed the Delhi game, myself, the spinners along with Dan Vettori. We were a bit full, we threw 4-5 meters, I want to bring it back to 4-6 meters in this game. We did some technical stuff and the more mental side of things (preparation). We were lucky to have a 10 day break between the two tests.”

“I am pinching myself every time I go to bed. It’s pretty special. My dad came in today, it was very special to take some wickets in front of him. I am receiving a lot of support from my country. It feels amazing to be a part of this tea.”

Kuhnemann continued his impressive performance, taking the wicket of Shubman Gill in his next over, catching the young batsman at the first slip and ending their innings. Kuhnemann made his Test debut in Delhi and was selected before the second Test.

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