After an untamed 19-match winning streak, Virat Kohli-led India faced a shameful defeat against Australia in the first Test match of the ongoing series.
The team performed poorly in all three departments of the game and was romped by the Aussies with a massive difference of 333 runs. What makes the loss a more humiliating one is the fact that it’s the first time in last five years that India has lost a match at home, that too only on the third day.
Clearly, team management wasn’t very pleased with the performance of its players.
Even captain Virat Kohli called the loss a much-needed reality check and said it was their worst batting performance at home.
“It rarely happens that four-five batsmen make errors in judgment in both the innings, especially with the way we batted in the last few months. I would say this was our worst batting performance and we need to accept that. Our batting wasn’t up to standard and that’s certainly how we shouldn’t bat from here onwards.”
An amidst Kohli and the team’s preparation for the next game, a former Indian captain has a piece of advice for Kohli.
Mohamamed Azharuddin feels that captain Kohli has to take some hard decisions now and drop Ishant Sharma and Jayant Yadav from the playing XI.
“Any batting debacle leaves a team on the backfoot. I am not saying series is lost but one needs to look at the kind of track that you want to play. I reckon Chinnaswamy won’t have this kind of turn. So my gut feeling is that Jayant Yadav and Ishant Sharma may be dropped from the playing XI,” Azharuddin said.
Azhar went to explain that he expects the team to play an extra batsman in the second test and proposed Karun Nair’s name as a replacement for Jayant Yadav.
Regarding Ishant, the former captain said, “Also on the tracks that we are playing, Ishant’s back of the length stuff is not going to work. It is better that a swing bowler like Bhuvneshwar is brought into the team by Virat.”
While veteran players like Harbhajan Singh have slammed the Pune track after the big loss, it is for everyone to see that while Australia 260 and 285 in the two innings, India were bowled out for 105 and 107. Even skipper Kohli got out for a duck in the first Test and could only manage 13 runs in the second.
If Azhar’s suggestions make sense to Kohli and the management, it’s high time we make the right call!
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