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Indian bowling lacked direction and purpose

Source : COLUMNS
Last Updated: Thu, Jan 26, 2012 03:22 hrs
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In the lead up to this Test, Michael Clarke had a whitewash in his mind, but the pitch being a batting paradise might have led him to think that the conditions were perfect for an Indian fight back. However by the end of the second day, the Australians find themselves in a great position for the 4-0 win. The last time they had a series whitewash against the Indians was way back in 1999-00 when they toured here and we won 3-0. I have some fond memories of that time, as it was a part of our run of 16 consecutive wins up to the Kolkata Test of 2001.



In the recent times, we saw how the Australian team lost its dominance. Though we haven't done too badly post Ashes, but when compared to the standards that we had set earlier, it can be termed as somewhat dismal but replacing some of the greats isn't an easy job. In the coming days, India too will realize this. With a platform set for 4-0, the Aussies should just look ahead to reinforce their dominance in Test cricket. This will do a world of good to them. Irrespective of the official rankings, I feel South Africa and Australia are currently the best sides after England whereas India outside their home should be ranked eighth.

In just two days, we have seen the Indians being outplayed in all the departments. It's just a repeat of what happened in the first three Tests. The field placements were once again defensive and I don’t know who is to be blamed - the captain or the coach or whoever. I see no strategy at all. Not having a slip in the first session at Adelaide was absolutely silly.

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The Indian bowling lacked direction and purpose and added to the misery was the fielding. The ageing legs, slow reflexes and lethargic efforts are not helping them. The in form duo of the Australian former and the current captains made full use of this. I still feel that Ricky Ponting isn’t quite the player that he used to be, but good enough to play at the highest level for some more time. He is fit and more importantly has the hunger to score runs. The coming good of him, Clarke and Mike Hussey has made the major difference for Australia.

India could have still made amends to their poor bowling display with the bat. They couldn't have got a better pitch than Adelaide and they must have drawn some inspiration from their famous win here in 2003-04, when Australia were beaten despite of a 550 above score in their first innings. Ponting got a double hundred in that game too.

The hopes for India somewhat sank when the man who did it for them then, Rahul Dravid was once again bowled out. Dravid, the good player he was has past his prime and it's his time to go. He has been the cornerstone of India's batting for many years but his technique isn't there now and it's evident after seeing him getting bowled the same way, so many times. Apart from the England series, I haven't seen him do anything wonderful in the last four years. In the recent times he hasn't been the match winner anymore, and has been more useful in saving matches.

There is still a lot of cricket left in the Test and with Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir at the crease, India still has a chance to save the Test or maybe pull off a miracle but all that seems unlikely as it seems they are just going with the motions.



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