WATCH: Uncapped Australian Bowler Single-handedly Claims Prized Scalp Of Virat Kohli

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Australian pacer Aaron Hardie is over the headlines, after he claimed the wicket of Virat Kohli between Cricket Australia XI and India.

Written By Dylan Dsouza | Mumbai | Updated On:

Not many might have heard of this Australian pacer Aaron Hardie until today. But now, this 19-year-old pacer is all over the headlines after he scripted a moment that he will forever cherish in his career.

Virat Kohli is arguably one the best batsmen in the world currently, and when on song can become a bowler's nightmare. Thus, claiming the wicket of the Indian run-machine can be considered a great achievement for any bowler, and Aaron Hardie did just that.

This incident occurred during the practice match between Cricket Australia XI and the Indian cricket team played at the SCG. Interestingly, the Australian pacer has not yet made his first-class debut and is yet to celebrate his 20th birthday. But on Thursday, he achieved what most bowlers around the world struggle to do - single-handedly snare Kohli's scalp.

The Indian skipper put on an exhibition of his trademark composure and class during his 97-minute stay at the crease. But a sudden lapse in concentration saw Kohli gift a catch to the Australian bowler during the post-lunch session.

The 19-year-old's reflexes were on point as he pocketed the catch with ease and then calmly tossed the ball into the air, as Kohli slowly walked back to the hut watching a scoreboard replay of his dismissal at 64, to figure where it all went wrong for him.

However, Hardie is no stranger to being in the headlines. Last year, the youngster dismissed England captain Joe Root and James Vince in the same over. He is also dubbed to be one of the exciting prospects coming out of Australia, having captained his state at the U-17 and U-19 level and earning a rookie contract for 2018-19.

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With the T20 series between India and Australia ending on level terms, the focus now shifts to the much-anticipated four-match Test series between the two sides, which gets underway on December 6.

The four-match Test series has been billed as the real encounter between the teams, and it will represent the progress of the Indian team, especially in overseas conditions Kohli is expected to be the spearhead of an Indian team aiming to win its first ever Test series in Australia. While the history is on the side of the hosts, recent developments suggest the visitors have a great chance to create history.

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