New Delhi, March 6: India opener Abhinav Mukund failed to make an impression in both the innings of his comeback Test after he was dismissed for duck and 16 in both the innings of the second match against Australia.
After getting to a decent start, Mukund was clean bowled by pacer Josh Hazlewood in the very first over after lunch break. The left-handed batsman couldn't defend as the ball flattened his off stump.
The batsman himself looked frustrated after getting dismissed and failing to make a mark in the match.
Earlier in the the first innings, Australia's strike pacer Mitchell Starc removed Mukund via leg-before to give disappointing start to the Tamil Nadu opener's return in the India squad after a gap of five-and-a-half years.
Mukund missed 56 Test between his last appearance, in 2011, and this comeback match. Only Parthiv missed more for India (83).
Murali Vijay was ruled out of the Test at the Chinnaswamy stadium, due to a shoulder injury sustained in the first match at Pune.
The 32-year-old from Tamil Nadu sustained the injury whilst diving on an outstretched arm during the first Test in Pune, which India lost by 333 runs in less than three days.
"Indian Test opener Murali Vijay has been ruled out of the 2nd Paytm Test between India and Australia in Bengaluru starting March 4th after sustaining an injury to his left shoulder," BCCI said in a release.
"He will be further assessed and monitored by BCCI Medical Team over the coming days." Vijay was replaced by Abhinav Mukund, who made a comeback to the Test side after five-and-a-half years.
This is how Twitterati reacted after Mukund's forgettable performance in Bengaluru:
Wasted opportunity and talent said a fan
"I think Ajinkya Rahane would have been a opener than Abhinav Mukund. Waste of opportunity and Waste of talent above all," said a fan.
Mukund departs for duck in comeback Test
Abhinav Mukund made a duck after missing the last 56 Tests for India. 4th most Tests missed by any player who then made a duck on return.
Fan criticises his selection
Abhinav Mukund is such bad batsman and bad catcher. Disaster in the making, said another fan.
Fan questions India's decision
This is what a fan had to say on Mukund's selection.
Mukund's missed chances
A fan slammed Mukund for missing catches in the previous Test and missing a batting chance at Bengaluru.
Mukund failed to do a Gautam Gambhir
A fan said Mukund should have learnt from Gautam Gambhir.