India vs Australia 1st T20I Brisbane: Discarded India opener Gautam Gambhir made his commentary debut during the 1st T20I in Brisbane and he was a part of the Sony Pictures Network team. Ahead of the stint, he had some fun with former India cricketer Ashish Nehra who took the responsibility of styling Gambhir ahead of the show. Gambhir must have found it funny as he took to Twitter to post what he felt. His post read, “Now this is called padding up in
@SPNSportsIndia dressing room. And look whom do I have as a stylist: the pleasing #Nehraji!!! Is this tougher than facing the new ball? Well… @BCCI @gauravkapur @harbhajan_singh #ChhodnaMat #SPNSports #IndiaAustralia.”
Both Gambhir and Nehra were part of the 2011 World Cup win and have played together in Ranji Trophy as well. Both hail from Delhi.
A sloppy India failed to get an ideal start to the Australia tour, losing the rain-hit opening T20 International by four runs at the Gabba Wednesday. India first faltered in the field, letting Australia score 158 for four after rain shortened the contest to 17 overs a side. Glenn Maxwell was the star batsman for Australia, hammering 46 runs off 24 balls. The rain stoppage meant India were set a revised target of 174 runs in 17 overs.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed a sublime 76 off 42 balls in the run chase before Dinesh Karthik came up with a pulsating 30 off 13 balls towards the end but India still finished agonisingly short on 169 for seven. It was a morale-boosting win for Australia, who have endured a dismal run of late in limited overs cricket.