The high-flying INDIAN CRICKET TEST TEAM has been brought down to Earth..courtesy a slow left arm bowler namely Steve O’Keefe from Australia. Yes! It’s time for the whole of India to bash the same Indian cricket test team that has had a flawless 2016 and a great home season so far, barring this one test that they are all set out to lose, gracefully!
I am no specialist cricket analyst, all I’m saying is If the Australian batsman could apply themselves on that pitch – WHY NOT INDIA?
Some Major talking points of this Test Match:
To begin with Pune being a first time test venue, has dished out a ‘disgraceful pitch’. Why lay out a pitch that turns from day 1 or worse still ball 1? Shame on the curator.
That done. Virat’s captaincy was very ordinary, considering the fact that there was so much talk about ‘having plans for each batsman or whatever’ I believe Rahane said that, so did Virat Kohli [Rahane’s contribution of 13&18 runs, Virat Kohli contribution of 0&13, add to that senseless reviews and below average captaincy (this test)]
Playing 5 specialist bowlers on a turning/crumbling pitch, where as a team you know you will require the extra batsman instead of the extra bowler. Wrong selection! Australia was never going to be pushover team like Bangladesh. Australia was the smarter team, better team composition, I think they understood the conditions better.
So much for Team India and their unbeaten streak, so far which will end somewhere today. Shame on a team, that has played some excellent display of both, bat and ball all of 2016, to come down to getting out for 105 in the first innings and to be struggling at 102/7 in their second.
I agree, even the best team can have an off match, but on home turf..in your own backyard and its not only that – you’ve been outplayed by a team who looked clueless in Sri Lanka, on similar pitches with similar bowling attacks and with Team India boasting of in-form batsman and bowlers. It’s a shame! At least compete (104 & 107) doesn’t quite make pretty reading.. this has been a complete humiliation.
I want to hear what Harbhajan Singh has to say now!! He predicted a 4-0 in favor of India..Australia is going 0-1 up, in a hurry.
Current score as I post this 107 all out – Pathetic!!
Which team bats for less than 41 overs in a test innings? INDIA..and they’ve done it twice in the same test.
Sorry! But we’re (Indian cricket fans) not impressed!