India’s start to the Australia tour had been a bit of a turmoil on the first day. On the first day at Adelaide Oval, India found themselves in a tough spot. They had lost Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli in quick successions.
But their hopes were restored by Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a fabulous century. He added some useful runs with the lower order and brought the visiting team in a position of some fight.
However the stalwart from Saurashtra lost his wicket in a horrendous run-out. India lost their final wicket in the first ball of the morning and ended their innings on 250.
The hosts came out to bat, but the ball-tampering scandal in March had pushed them onto huge back-foot. They are still reeling from it and thus have started their batting on a defensive mindset.
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Australia have gone way too defensive
Ishant Sharma further gave a blow in the first over by taking the wicket of Aaron Finch. Since then the hosts have managed to score runs at an economy of two runs an over.
Among all the Aussies, Usman Khawaja’s was the most baffling. Khawaja scored 28 from 125 balls which included just one boundary. His stay came to an end when he nicked Ravi Ashwin and Pant completed the catch behind the stumps.
Even Peter Handscomb and Travis Head were not different. They strained to find the flow of runs off their bat. Meanwhile former Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar wants India to take advantage of their rival’s bizarre mindset and assert their dominance.
The Master Blaster took to Twitter and wrote, “#TeamIndia should make the most of this situation and not lose their grip. The defensive mindset by the Australian batsmen at home is something I’ve not seen before in my experience. @ashwinravi99 has been very effective and has played a role to help the team be on top, for now.”
#TeamIndia should make the most of this situation and not lose their grip. The defensive mindset by the Australian batsmen at home is something I’ve not seen before in my experience. @ashwinravi99 has been very effective and has played a role to help the team be on top, for now.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 7, 2018