This Indian batting unit deserves to be given a lot of credit. To concede a lead of less than 100 when up against a total of nearly 600, and that too on a somewhat wearing surface, is no mean task.
But then in today’s world, the latest headline matters a lot, and so one last effort is required on the final day of the Test series on Saturday in order to ensure that the batting is remembered for match saving efforts (Melbourne was one such) and not the two collapses that led to losses in the first two Tests and the surrendering of the Gavaskar-Border Trophy.
For the bowlers though, it has been an entirely forgettable series and Friday’s effort was just further embarrassment. There was enough on the fourth day pitch to exploit, so it wasn’t fun to see the Indian attack concede runs at nearly 6.50 runs an over.
With the first innings lead only a modest one, the Australians were not exactly in a safe position when their second innings started and yet they were allowed to do as they please. I understand it’s an inexperienced Indian bowling line-up, and yet, I am unable to come to terms with the poor showing. I do hope they have picked up some useful lessons along the way.
KL Rahul’s batting, on the other hand, was rich. I had written earlier that he needed to be played as an opener before it could be debated if he fits in at the international level or not, and given just such a chance, he showed that he belongs.
Rahul’s knock was that of a traditional opener, quite and composed right through. The young lad has set the standard with a century in his second Test, and I, for one, will be watching his progress keenly.
With runs from the top, middle and finally the late order too, the Indians have given themselves a chance of ending the series at 0-2 – should they make it 1-2, it will be magical almost – which will be a reasonable result for this young side.
More so for Virat Kohli, who will be desperate to seal his fantastic batting display thus far with a final effort, one that will lead to a draw or a most incredible victory. Rarely have I seen a batsman dominate an Australian attack like Virat has.
The Australians will come hard, let there be no doubt about that, and with a better idea of where to bowl on a wearing track, so I don’t envy the task ahead of the batsmen. Welcome once again to Test cricket is all I can say.
Source: Professional Management Group