In a surprise failure of the entire batting unit, the Indian team witnessed one of its worst batting collapses at home in recent years. Facing the right-left spin combo of Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe, no Indian batsman apart from KL Rahul showed any sort of resistance.
The Twitterati showed no mercy to the Indian team as they witnessed one of their worst batting performances in recent years, especially at home.
— PhD in Bak*****!! (@Atheist_Krishna) February 24, 2017
if ever you blame a batsman who gets 64 of 105 all out, here's your chance. terrible shot rahul #INDvsAUS
— Atreyo Mukhopadhyay (@ATREYO_TNIE) February 24, 2017
Here is a look at a couple of instances in the past where India have seen such unexpected collapses at home in tests.
53/4 to 56/8 vs South Africa at Ahmedabad, 2008
In what was India’s most dismal display of batting at home, the hosts lost 4 wickets for just 3 runs against South Africa. Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh were the four batsmen to be dismissed in the process.
255/3 to 260/8 vs Sri Lanka at Delhi, 2005
The match ended on India’s side but the Indian lineup collapsed after a solid start in the first innings of the match. Initiated by Sourav Ganguly, he was soon followed by Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Irfan Pathan and MS Dhoni.
94/3 to 105 all out vs Australia at Pune, 2017
The Indian team lost 5 wickets for just 4 runs. From 94/3, India were reduced to 98/8 before being bundled out for 105 after Australia were bowled out 260 early in the day. Losing 7 wickets for just 11 runs has been India’s worst collapse ever!
India's embarrassing collapse:
105 all out
— Romeel Kothari (@RomeelKothari) February 24, 2017
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 24, 2017
ALL OUT! Unbelievable from Steve O'Keefe to finish with 6-35 and India lose 7-11 to be bowled out for 105. Just incredible #INDvAUS
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) February 24, 2017
Steve O'Keefe gets 6 wckts
India frm 94/3 to 105 allOut
— Freaky (@mltweetfreak) February 24, 2017