Well, the much anticipated test series between India and Australia, two test giants began in Adelaide today. All of the accolades of Indian batting lineup disappeared in mere dust as the top three perished for 18. A brilliant spell of fiery bowling by the two quickies, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazzlewood outclassed the otherwise stern quality batting lineup of India.
KL Rahul who was selected in place of the injured Prithvi Shaw batted poorly and was dismissed by playing a shot against an outside off delivery by Josh Hazzlewood. Murali Vijay, who started quite promisingly played a nothing shot against the 145 clicks delivery bowled by Mitchell Starc, who was rather inaccurate to start off. Pat Cummins was introduced after that and he picked up the most precious wicket for Australia, that of Virat Kohli. The wicket was earned rather tringly by the Australians as it took some brilliant catching by Usman Khawaja, who made a full length dive towards his right and lunged forward to grasp the most valuable wicket for Australia.
The only batsmen who played up to his worth was Chiteshwar Pujara who survived rather flimsily but surviving to score his 16thcentury and playing a knock which probably saved the tourists from a one sided encounter. Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin who scored 37 and 25 respectively gave some underpin to the Indian team. The day ended with India ,250-9 and the recent casuality was Pujara who scored 123.
Well, the top 3 going to the pavilion in such a short time was the reason that India failed to score big. The reason being that the top order batsmen like KL Rahul and Virat Kohli tried to hit the ball very hard as they were still in the limited overs frame of mind. They could have negotiated the early burst of seam bowling by leaving some deliveries which were slightly offsidish.
If India wants to succeed in Test format overseas, they should have specialist test batsmen like Chiteshwar Pujara or Murali Vijay. As the players including the great Virat Kohli, who play all the three formats find it quite difficult to adjust their techniques according to the situation and format which is quite understandable.
If we talk about Australia’s bowling, they are the best bowling attack in the world at their home. Josh Hazzlewood who is quite similar to Glenn Mcgrath in technical regards as he brings the ball both back and away from the bowler is the leader of this pack. Unlike him, Starc is slightly inaccurate, he bowls with more vigour had deter but his accuracy is a problem which is why he doesn’t quite reach the landmarks of 5 wicket hauls and 10 wicket hauls. Nonetheless, Australia’s bowling is quite adept and has all the bases covered, unlike their batting which is the most fragile in a decade. So,let’s keep our fingers cross and hope for an enthralling 2nd day of Test cricket tomorrow.