After Virat Kohli’s wicket, CA XI pacer Aaron Hardie reflects on “surreal” day at the SCG
Aaron Hardie claimed four Indian wickets at the SCG on Thursday. @Getty

Teenaged Western Australia fast bowler Aaron Hardie termed as “surreal” the experience of getting four wickets, including the prized one of Virat Kohli, on day two of the tour game between India and a Cricket Australia XI at the SCG.

The 19-year-old finished the day with 4/50 from 13 overs, taking a sharp caught-and-bowled off Kohli for 64 as the touring team were bowled out for 358. This marked the second international batsman that Hardie has claimed, after the wicket of England captain Joe Root in a similar warm-up game in 2017.

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“It was a pretty amazing feeling. It all happened very quickly,” Hardie told reporters. “Because he was smacking me around the park a little bit and then next minute he hit one back to me. A bit surreal.”

Hardie’s other wickets were Rohit Sharma and then R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami in the same over before he had a hand in running out Umesh Yadav to end the innings.

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Hardie is a non-contracted player with Western Australia and has not played first-class cricket yet, but has captained his state at the Under-17 and Under-19 levels and was a replacement player for Australia U-19s at this year’s junior World Cup in New Zealand.

Born in Bournemouth, England, Hardie has played all his cricket in Perth and is regarded as one of the brightest prospects for Western Australia.He had been named in WA’s extended squad for round three of the ongoing Sheffield Shield, but did not get a spot in the playing XI.

“Got picked in the squad a couple of weeks ago but then a couple of the big dogs came back in, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar,” he said.