Opener Abhinav Mukund wasted a golden opportunity to make an impression on the selectors after he was dismissed cheaply on Day 1 of the 1st Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday. The Tamil Nadu batsman edged behind off Nuwan Pradeep in the 8th over of India's first innings. The left-hander, who replaced KL Rahul in the playing eleven, managed to score just 11 runs on a featherbed pitch. Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara registered fine tons against a listless Sri Lankan attack to give India the upper hand in the Test.
Needless to say Mukund will be disappointed with his show on the opening day especially because there is a big possibility of India batting only once in this Test. Fans, however, did not spare the 27-year-old, reminding him that this wasn't the first time he had failed to grab an opportunity to make serious impact on the international stage.
Even Sri Lanka's National Anthem lasted longer than Abhinav Mukund's batting. #SLvIND— Banna. (@iJaiDeep_) July 26, 2017
Abhinav Mukund is still getting chances? Thought his career was over in 2011— YaGunnersYa (@Ya_Gunners_) July 26, 2017
Dear Abhinav Mukund,— Anand (@aThakkali) July 26, 2017
Please find a couple of net bowlers and ask them to keep kicking your arse till the end of this test match! #SLvIND
Bruh keep playing domestic, that's where you good at— SAAMRI (@lo_lega) July 26, 2017
Dhawan smashed a career-best 190 on his Test comeback to lead a brilliant Indian batting assault.
The left-handed opener struck 31 boundaries in a blazing 168-ball knock and Pujara joined in with an unbeaten 144 to take the visitors to 399-3 at stumps.
The hosts toiled in the Galle field and suffered a major blow when all-rounder Asela Gunaratne broke his thumb trying to take a catch off Dhawan.