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Virat Kohli batted for around an hour and scored a 42-ball 16 on Day-1 of the 2nd unofficial Test against Australia-A © IANS

Karnataka batsman Karun Nair, who top scored for India A in the first innings with 50 off 175 in the second unofficial Test against Australia A in Chennai, suggested that Indian test skipper Virat Kohli’s early dismissal was very “unfortunate” as he missed a golden opportunity to learn from the international cricketer, had they both batted together longer than they actually did. Nair was the lone batsman with a fighting half-century when his teammates went down against the young Australian attack. Live Cricket Score India A vs Australia A, 2nd unofficial Test at Chennai Day 2 AUS A 130/3: India A strike back

According to a report from Indian Express, the 23-year old batsman, who described the visitors’ bowing very disciplined and patient, said: “I was hoping to play a bit longer with Virat but unfortunately he got out. I would have learnt a lot if I had played a longer innings with him. I could have picked up a few things watching him from close quarters. But he got out. I hope I get a chance with him in the second innings.

“I think the wicket was quite slow and turning a bit. They really bowled very well. It was hard to bat on and if we had to get runs, we had to take our own chances. “They were not giving any free balls and we were also losing wicket regularly. It was difficult to take chances against them. They were disciplined and patient and they did not give any easy balls to us,” Nair added. READ: Virat Kohli’s decision to play for India-A justified despite low score in 1st innings

At the end, Nair also praised India A coach Rahul Dravid and said that it was a great chance for him to work with the former Indian cricketer as the latter comes up with wise advices on handling situations while batting, bowling or fielding.