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Did the ‘Men In Blue’ Learn Any Lesson from India’s Tour of Australia?

kohliNew Delhi, Tuesday, January 13 – The keenly awaited 4-match Test series between India and Australia came to an end on Saturday, January 10. The ‘men in blue’ anyhow managed not to be at the back foot in the last two Tests, however, collapsing batting order in the Adelaide and Brisbane made them be there to a certain extent.

Due to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s injury, stand-in skipper Virat Kohli was given the opportunity to lead the team. He did well by motivating teammates to pour hundred percent efforts in the game. The enthusiastic Delhi born boy even scored good amount of runs. Getting fumbled at the final stage is not a new story for Indian cricketers. The lower order hardly managed to accumulate runs and totally failed to create strong partnership. Lack of expertise and familiarity with the young Indian squad cost them the 1st Test.

Dhoni post recovering from injury led his boys in the second Test against Australia in Brisbane. But nothing so amazing was shown by him and the members to keep the host under stress. Murali Vijay surely outshined and gave India a better start. If truth be told, the final outcome could have been different had each player exhibited solid show on the field. Dhoni’s retirement late last year without any prior hint came as a shock for the fans and cricket fraternity. On several occasions, it was apparent that match may swing in favor of any of the two playing XIs. However, Steve Smith was the man who made the world to believe in his capabilities both as a player and captain.

Indian Test cricket team is facing criticism from all around after losing the Test series by 2-0. Australia are surely on cloud nine after reclaiming Border-Gavaskar trophy. Expectations of the Indian supporters have gone to another level since they want their home team to be a step ahead of the rivals particularly when countdown begins for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.  Here is to mention that there is huge difference in the two formats. Pitches for One-Day International matches offer batsmen great opportunity to go for biggies and it is not too easy to do the same in the 90 over match for 5 day.

The way guest performed in the overseas conditions can’t be praised but at the same time, closing the eyes to the fact that India may bounce back in the coming months or years once young & dynamic cricketers get to fix their spot in the squad thanks to amazing performances is not feasible in any way. Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Vijay definitely tried to show the resistance on the foreign soil. Rest of them succumbed with no trouble that it was probably never hard for the Australian bowlers to believe that they will win the series so easily.

Due to some reliable innings in the Melbourne and Sydney Tests, India managed to stay away from facing humiliating defeats. Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan need to have faith on their strengths. Suresh Raina failed to prove his selection worth. Kohli will have to re-plan about his tactics against the opponents. Since 7-match Tri-Series is scheduled to take place soon, hopes are once again soaring from the Indian team. The players, of course, have got the potential to be on the winning side & perform to the best of their abilities if they want to return home with their heads held high and move confidently before the WC tournament kicks off.

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