Hyderabad : Virat Kohli plays lefthand  before the starts of the 3rd T20 international match between India and Australia. PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak
Hyderabad : Virat Kohli plays lefthand before the starts of the 3rd T20 international match between India and Australia. PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak

The stage was set for the third and final T20I match between India and Australia at Hyderabad. There was rain threat looming over the most-anticipated match of the tour. However, consistent showers over the last two weeks rendered the outfield unfit for cricket even as the pitch remained unaffected. The match was called off and the series was shared 1-1 between the two teams. However, while there was nothing to cheer for the 20,000 people in waiting at the wet Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. The left-handed batting of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma ensured those in the stands didn’t go home without being entertained.

The Indian cricket team captain and vice-captain’s quirky idea must have got former skipper MS Dhoni interested. The wicketkeeper-batsman soon joined Kohli and Sharma and tried his bit at left-handed batting. Kohli and Rohit were almost trying a David Warner as they took turns to show their ambidextrous skills with the willow in hand.

Sadly the ground conditions didn’t improve and the umpires had to call off the game. The three-match series ended 1-1.

India won the first T20I in Ranchi by nine wickets, followed by a series-leveling eight-wicket win for the visitors in Guwahati. Rain threatened those two games as well, before leaving the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad beyond repair. India had won the ODI series 4-1 in the first leg of the tour.

Virat Kohli and Co will next host New Zealand, who have already arrived in India for a limited-overs tour involving three ODIs and as many T20Is. The tour begins with the first ODI on October 22.

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