On the contrary, Indian batting has been lacking consistency. The fact that, the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have struggled facing Australian speedsters raises doubts on kind of preparation they have had for the series currently underway. Only Sachin Tendulkar seems to be enjoying his time in the middle, the way he has dominated the bowlers puts him into a different league thus far. Though it is unfortunate that even after getting great starts he has not yet been able to give that one century cricket followers have been waiting for, the way he is playing, here, the century looks imminent. R Ashwin has shown great skills with bat. The man is soon going to be the next big thing to happen for Indian cricket. Though,the fact that he is the second highest scorer for Team India in this series portrays Indian batting line up in poor light.
On the contrary, Australian batting now looks phenomenally strong and formidable. Likes of Ricky Ponting are garbing this opportunity to silence the critics. Ponting has finally been in triple digits after a while. Clarke’s unbeaten triple century at Sydney test has been one of the finest batting performance in the tournament so far, which also guaranteed India’s humiliating defeat by an inning and 68 runs. This inning of his must have given him enough confidence to lead his team forward in many more series to come.
In the bowling department, things have looked much better for Indian squad, Bowlers did perform well in the first test, with Umesh Yadav showing his juggernauts with the leather ball. In second test as well, things started well as Zaheer fired claiming some early wickets. Bowling department has shown sparks of brilliance but lacks consistency. This along with phenomenal batting display by Aussies has made Indian bowling look ordinary. Especially in this Sydney test, there has been lack of partnerships among bowler, they have all bowled well in patches. I will tell you my friends, partnership is as important for claiming wickets while bowling as it is for getting big scores.On the other hand Australian younger bowlers have bowled with fire in their belly.Captain Michael Clarke beautifully said that
“(bowlers) are all as vital as each other,I don’t think there is one in my opinion who is above the rest.”
These defeats are a clear case of under preparation.As India moves on to 3rd test at Perth with 0-2 in the series, We must put our best foot forward. Middle order needs to shoulder more responsibility. Its high time, we test our bench strength. Rohit Sharma might replace Virat Kohli, who have had a horrible tournament so far. Perth’s reputation of being the fastest track in the world makes it imperative for Indian trio of Yadav, Zaheer and Sharma to fire. But, it is batters who must get wary.
Let us all pray that Australia do not do an England to us .
And we firmly believe that cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties hence the hope that there might be some twist in the tail !!!
Its NOW or NEVER!!