India's so called as strong batting line up disappoints again.
January 3, 2012 4:38am CST
India's so called as strong batting line up disappoints again for the sixth consecutive overseas test match folds up under 200 in just 59.3 overs. The reason much hyped batting line up just can't cope up with fast swinging deliveries on the fast tracks. The batting heroes, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman --- just can not stand up to Australian quicks and deliver at the time of crisis. Is it the time our batting greats Dravid , Laxman and perhaps even Tendulkar say good bye to the game or is it the selectors who have to decide for them? I feel the era of these great players is over and selectors have to look for the young talents to build the team for next decade and persist with the even in their failures. The success of our bowling line up, with the re-induction of Zaheer, is only positive side of this team. Hopefully they will claim some early wickets tomorrow morning and end this Australian innings near about the Indian score.
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3 Jan 12
Australian pitch is always a problem for asian team as there is pace and little bounce all of the time. So its problem for any batsmen and moreover batsmen played really very poor shorts. But Australia shows very good resistance and good batting. So we can still hope for the best as 2nd innings is still left and its the first day of the test.
• Chennai, India
3 Jan 12
This is because we don't have tracks like australia to practice. All we have here in India are slow pitches, whereas others have fast tracks. (That's why we lost in England and England lost in India.) I'm afraid it's going to be a white wash as in England tour. Had we practiced in faster wickets, we could have managed decent totals. It's time that we prepare tracks as our competitors have. Otherwise, we will be masters at home only. Even in bowling, we practiced in slow tracks only. Initially the seam bowlers got some hold and later we let loose.
3 Jan 12
Dont know what is happening to team India after the world cup India's famous batting line up seems to loose the power and aggression . They lack the aggression what they showed last time during Australian tour under the captaincy of Anil kumble. Team is foucused around sachin's hundredth century but not about winning the series. The media is putting pressure on Sachin which is affecting his perfomance adversely.
3 Jan 12
I agree with you about Sachin's case. About the missing of aggression, shown by Anil Kumble's team, by the present team, the answer is 3 years have passed since that famous tour and more or less same players are playing in this tour also. They have got older by those many years and naturally lost the touch and aggression shown at that time. We have to look forward to some other youngsters to deliver for India.
4 Jan 12
The keyword is "So Called". :) I think the problem is with a word called as "Bounce". If someone whispers in their ear that the pitch will bounce tomorrow, they already mentally give up. This really can be the only reason why they failed. The way the first 5 batsmen fell caught in the slips, it was really disappointing to watch. Cheers! Ram
4 Jan 12
Well Msdivkar, I personally feel that openers inconsistency is the big reason. Secondly players like Kohli, Raina, Yuvaraj are made exclusively for ODI's. Test cricket is different game and these batsmen fail is middle order is pressurizing Indian main players. Even Dravid and Laxman are no more young and their reflexives too becoming slow. I do not blame Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. If the bench strength is fit enough to face International top pace attacks then by now Dravid or Laxman would have been dropped. Tell me the contributions of Raina, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvaraj and Dhoni in tests of recent times. They are good in T20 and 50 overs format because those games need some quick 30 or 50 runs. But in case of test match one need to play a long innings. If new players show more patience in Test cricket then big players will step down as soon as possible. I wonder why Rohit Sharma was not picked ahead of Kohli. Of all Gambhir has gone into very poor batting form in my view. Selectors are not having guts to select new players because we all will ask why Gambhir was not selected,etc. I personally feel that India again under prepared for this series. Australia on other hand are looking in good form and they are selecting players who are in great form. See the Australia bowling attack which was very young and new players and they making out so called strong batting line to dance according to their tunes. See they have left out even player like Brett lee, Bollinger,etc. That is depth which Australia is having. I simple blame Indian pitches which is ruining the game. One has to give a pitch which help both batsmen and bowlers as well. That is missing in Indian pitches. That is why India always struggle when they go overseas..
4 Jan 12
They're strong only on papers but when they had to perform they really suck, remind me innings that our great Tendulkar has played which have won matches for India, seriously there're no very great innings from the little master I'm sorry to say, he's made records for himself. Alongside him there're other players who're just look good on papers and struggle really hard on bouncy wickets. Remember one is considered talented if he performs well outside, anyone can become a tiger at home soil, you should have the ability to do well when you it really matters and Indian team fails really badly in that, I'm sorry to say.
3 Jan 12
From a long time INDIA had the batting line up which is too strong on paper but when time come to deliver the potential all player falls like cards. I had seen from very beginnig when i got my sense INDIA had always the batting line up very strong but no one perform and the strong batting falls. INDIAN batsman have name and fame but they can't perform just one or two match they do and then all publich the people of INDIA who is crazy of cricket feel that they hero. Really say these batsman are hero in front of thier own publich or fans that is people in INDIA. I had never seen them perform better out of INDIA. Today i think it was hard for INDIA to even cross the 150. How they did it no one can tell. Mr Dhoni after a long time his bat speak a little bit. Thanks to him that he added some runs to able to put a little speak-up score. Talk of bowlers they didn't perform well which is thier regular habit so i din't worry of them. Zaheer took three good wicket at beginning and therafter it is quilte long time to have a wicket. I guess Austrailia will score more than 400 and INDIA is going to lose the macth by an inning. Seconmd inning will be more deverstating.
3 Jan 12
India is now at a critical situation. It is very hard to win the sydney match. If aus scores more than 300 runs in their first innings, then surely the match turns to the favor of aus. Hopefully, there is a bright chance to win the match for India, if they put down the first innings score of aus to 200-250. Then india will make a total of 250-300 in the second innings. It means indian players can generate a pressure on aussie's second innings with the target of 250-300.