The worst Australian team in 25 years has beaten the best Indian team in 25 years. Why?
The Australians turned their weaknesses into strengths and the famed batting of the Indian team crumbled from overconfidence. The Australian new bowling attack should have been under pressure to perform but it was Indian bowlers who were looking hapless in front of Clarke, Ponting and Hussey, the last two being on the verge of losing their place before the start of the series.
The top scorer at Perth David Warner said after receiving man of the match award “in the Test match most of the fielders are behind the wicket so I thought of playing in front of the wicket.” While the Indians played to those fielders and Australians made merry by scoring in front of the wicket.
The Perth test exposed the fragility of the Indian batting though the bowlers did well. In both the innings, the Indians couldn’t even reach the 200 mark. The Indians couldn’t even match the highest scorer of the match in both the innings.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni said after the match we were unable to adapt to the conditions both in England and Australia. The BCCI should be blamed for this tight schedule in there are hardly any tour matches. The thrust of the Board’s planning is on more matches and more revenue. But still how many Test matches one needs to adapt to a condition. If the top batsmen in the world are unable to adjust to the conditions then they are not world class.
All experts are calling for the sack big four but Dhoni doesn’t feel that way. The seniors have the class and experience so they can’t be dismissed. Sehwag gets out in only one fashion: caught in the slip cordon or point. The opposition knows the way Sehwag bats and lay a trap by bowling him constantly on or outside off stump and he succumbs. Dravid and Laxman had opened the gates more often, Dravid being cleaned bowled for a fifth time in the series in a similar fashion. Tendulkar being unfortunate in the second innings at Perth, being given out to a doubtful decision. Evidently, Zaheer could be seen vociferously reacting in the pavilion to the replays.
Kohli tried to delay the inevitable but succumbed to pressure as he ran out of partners. Three wickets fell in one Hilfenhaus over and all was lost. In the next over, Kohli also edged a Siddle delivery to the keeper.
Till the Perth Test everybody was after Kohli’s head and wanted to replace him with Rohit Sharma and before the series the media thought of introducing a competition between the two. Well, Kohli has answered to all of them. In my opinion, Kohli should be groomed as the future captain as he has the right technique and temperament not to forget that he has led the India under-19 team to the World Cup title. He is the captain material. After all, Mansoor Pataudi was made captain at a very early stage of his career.
I think, in the Adelaide Test, if the team management still has no plans to replace one of the seniors then it should try and reshuffle the batting order. Dravid and Laxman should be batting lower in the order and Dhoni, Virat can be better at number three and four if India is batting first. It can be hard for Dhoni to bat up after keeping the wickets.
All said and done, the Adelaide Test has to be won whatever it takes.