Murphy enjoys “awesome” battle with Kohli since surreal Test debut

Brett lee umran Malik

Todd Murphy made an exceptional Test debut in India, impressing fans and critics alike. Despite his limited experience, he showcased immense maturity on the field. In Nagpur, where he debuted, Murphy took seven wickets in his first Test match. Overall, he has claimed 11 wickets at an average of 21.81, and his economy of 2.61 has been particularly noteworthy.

During the second innings in Indore, Murphy bowled 14 wicketless overs, but his exceptional economy of just 18 runs played a crucial role in India’s collapse. Daniel Vettori praised Murphy for his remarkable performance on the field.


Todd Murphy has proven himself as a skillful bowler in the Indian series by claiming the wicket of Virat Kohli on three separate occasions. The first time Kohli was caught down the leg side, which Murphy can attribute to a bit of luck. However, the other two dismissals were a testament to Murphy’s remarkable skill, particularly the one in Indore.

Murphy said:

“It’s been awesome. When I look back to Nagpur when he walked out to bat, I was at the top of my mark thinking this is as good as it gets getting to bowl to a guy like that. So to be able to have that for the first three Tests has been awesome, a really enjoyable battle and no different to bowling to a lot of their guys. When they stand there it is daunting at times.”

It is uncertain when Todd Murphy will get his next Test opportunity after Ahmedabad, assuming Nathan Lyon remains fit. There is little chance that conditions in England for the World Test Championship final and the Ashes will require two spinners, especially since it is not a common practice on home soil. Ashton Agar did partner with Lyon against South Africa at the SCG, but it was a rare exception. Australia’s next tour of the subcontinent is still far off in early 2025, when they visit Sri Lanka for two Tests.

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