Tigers on a prowl. The Indian team was labeled that after the victory in Adelaide test. The situation, however, has turned as I had predicted in my previous piece.
I had envisaged that our openers will let us down and they did as I predicted. Further I had predicted that Lyon will rattle India on the basis of his performances in Sheffield shield matches and he gobbled our star players along with tailenders.
The Glaring Problems
The blunders in selection
I had written that in England, the right players were not selected and we lost the series due to that. The same mistakes are being repeated again. What we’ll end up again with is the tag of “good losers”.
The errors in opening
Who has succeeded in Australia as openers? Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer and David Warner. Players who can play square of the wicket and take the game to opposition.
For India Kris Srikkanth and Virender Sehwag laid the foundation for good showing in 1981, 1985 and 2004.
So we can analyze that swashbuckling batsmen have done well.
India has done the opposite, we brought in KL Rahul and Murali Vijay , who like to drive and perish. They left Shikhar Dhawan, who can play the right innings. Now India has replaced Prithvi Shaw with Mayank Agarwal, a player who loves to drive. So if they continue with Rahul/Vijay and Mayank, nothing will change.
I wish to take you back to 2000 Sydney test, when the Indian openers were performing miserably. The result was a radical change.
India’s bowlers selection is the worst and they have become a laughing stock. Tailenders are not afraid to play them. The Indians, meanwhile, are happy to restrict them to a low run-rate. Funny, isn’t it?
Not taking any spinner, where Lyon was the man of the match is ludicrous. Now Hardik Pandya has been included in team. For what purpose? Lyon will have him for his supper. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has been dropped and Pandya is playing. Virat Kohli might have a lot of explaining to do for that.
India has the potential but their selection of players exemplifies lack of thought. 19 players corroborate my views and if right action is not taken they will continue to wait for a series win in Australia. Dream of billion fans lie on the selection and I just hope that selectors have the nerves to take decisions on technical thought rather than pandering to emotions.
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