India vs. Australia, first ODI: Hardik Pandya blows a free-hit opportunity, angering Virat Kohli

India vs. Australia, first ODI: Hardik Pandya blows a free-hit opportunity, angering Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, a former captain of India, is renowned for showing all of his emotions. He has very high expectations of everyone around him, and when someone does anything wrong unintentionally, Kohli often reacts angrily.

This was shown during the first one-day international (ODI) of the series between India and Australia on Friday at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. It was the fourth ball of the 18th over of the Indian innings and stand-in captain Hardik Pandya was at the crease facing up to medium bowler Marcus Stoinis. India was in trouble after losing four wickets for 78 runs while attempting to win the match with a manageable 189.

Pandya played back to Stoinis a full, straight ball that he had just delivered. The Australian pacer was flagged for overstepping by the umpire, who then signaled no-ball. As Pandya faced the subsequent free-hit ball, you would have supported the daring batsman to take advantage of the situation to the fullest.

But, things don't always go as planned, as Pandya was only able to play the ball to deep mid-wicket for a single instead of sending it hurtling into the bleachers. One have to admire Stoinis' alertness. He skillfully lowered the delivery's velocity, which caused Pandya to mistime his pull.

As the camera panned to Kohli in the locker room, the former skipper could be seen looking upset.

Footage of Kohli's response and Pandya's miss were uploaded on social media and quickly went viral.

After this encounter, Pandya did not stick around long enough to have an opportunity to apologize. Stoinis got the best of him again, having him caught at deep backward square leg by Cameron Green off a bouncer. The Indian skipper scored 25 runs off of 31 pitches, including three fours and a six.

But, India was spared any more setbacks by to solid performances from KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, who carried their team home with more than 10 extra overs. Jadeja was undefeated on 45 off 69 balls, while Rahul scored a stunning 75 not out off 91 balls, overcoming a recent slide in form. Five of Jadeja's pitches went for home runs.

Earlier, India defeated the Australians for 188 in the 36th over despite a spirited start from Australian opener Mitchell March (81 off 65 balls). The visitors' innings was stopped by the pacers Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, and Jadeja, who each grabbed three wickets. The best bowler was Shami, who grabbed his wickets despite only averaging under three runs per over.

The series now moves to Visakhapatnam on March 19, with India leading 1-0. On March 22, Chennai will play host to the series' final game.