Australia v India First Test: Cummins emerges as Kohli nemesis

Australian bowler Pat Cummins reacts after dismissing Indian batsman Virat Kohli (left) for three runs. Photo: AP
Australian bowler Pat Cummins reacts after dismissing Indian batsman Virat Kohli (left) for three runs. Photo: AP

In just four balls, Australian paceman Pat Cummins has become Virat Kohli's nemesis.

Cummins has twice in four deliveries in Test cricket dethroned the Indian king.

In the first Test in Adelaide on Thursday, Cummins dismissed Kohli with his third ball of the innings, and third to the Indian captain.

Australia's Usman Khawaja celebrates after taking a catch to dismiss India's Virat Kohli. Photo: AP

Australia's Usman Khawaja celebrates after taking a catch to dismiss India's Virat Kohli. Photo: AP

In Ranchi in March last year, the Australian quick claimed Kohli's scalp with the only ball he bowled at the Indian hero.

Both times, Kohli has fallen cheaply - just three runs in Adelaide, only six in Ranchi.

Kohli on Thursday fell to a barely believable catch by Usman Khawaja at gully.

The Indian skipper played a loose shot, driving away from his body to a fullish Cummins delivery.

Australia's Pat Cummins, second left, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli. Photo: AP

Australia's Pat Cummins, second left, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli. Photo: AP

The ball caught the edge of Kohli's bat and flew to the left of Khawaja who, diving at full-stretch, completed a stunning one-handed catch.

As Australian players mobbed Khawaja, a man not renowned for his fielding, Kohli stood at the batting crease in disbelief at the brilliant catch.

After a prolonged pause, Kohli turned and headed to the dressing room after a rare failure in Adelaide.

In the last Test he played in Adelaide in December 2014, Kohli posted twin tons - 115 and 141.

Australia's Josh Hazlewood, third left, is congratulated by teammates after dismissing India's Ajinkya Rahane. Photo: AP

Australia's Josh Hazlewood, third left, is congratulated by teammates after dismissing India's Ajinkya Rahane. Photo: AP

And in the January 2012 Test in Adelaide, Kohli scored 116 and 22.

Khawaja, who pre-match detailed a fitness regime in which he had lost 10kg in weight, took the field on Thursday just two days after his brother was arrested following a counter-terrorism investigation.

Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was arrested in Sydney on Tuesday and charged with attempting to pervert justice and forgery.

India's Ajinkya Rahane, left, watches as the ball goes to Australia's Peter Handscomb. Photo: AP

India's Ajinkya Rahane, left, watches as the ball goes to Australia's Peter Handscomb. Photo: AP

He was granted bail amid accusations he framed a colleague with a fake terror hit-list targeting senior politicians.

Usman Khawaja didn’t train with his Australian teammates on Wednesday, sticking his customary Test-eve routine of skipping the optional session.

Australian Associated Press

Nathan Lyon of Australia looks on as Peter Handscomb of stops the ball. Photo: AP

Nathan Lyon of Australia looks on as Peter Handscomb of stops the ball. Photo: AP