Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes the problem of the Indian team has been cleaning the latter half of the opposition batting order. The lower order and the tail of the opposition always causes India problems.
Even on Day 1 of the Brisbane Test, India had Australia on the mat at 213-5. However, a 61 run stand between Tim Paine and Cameron Green has given the advantage to the Aussies.
“The Indian bowlers get the first wickets but they struggle to get the last five wickets,” Gavaskar said in the Extraaa Innings show aired on Sony Sports Network after the end of first day’s play in Brisbane.
“India at least till tea time were controlling the game. If they got another couple of wickets then you could’ve said the day was India’s India had a really good chance of restricting Australia if they had got another wicket but this unbeaten partnership as taken it towards Australia,” Gavaskar said.
However , Sunil Gavaskar lauded the efforts of the inexperienced Indian pace attack that tried their best to restrict the hosts. Mohammed Siraj is the most senior among the bowlers with an experience of two Tests. So it was commendable for the Indian team to still be there in the game. Gavaskar is hopeful that the visitors will be able to restrict the Aussies to less than 350.
“I think the Indian attack did exceptionally well. When you look at Shardul (Thakur), he had hardly bowled a dozen delivery when he had played his first Test, Navdeep Saini just one Test match old so also (Mohammed) Siraj, T Natarajan, and (Washington) Sundar playing their first games so for all that the first 5 wickets that they’ve taken tells you how much they were committed to the task,” he said.
Like it has happened since 1932, when India played their first game in England, they had England’s top five out for a low score and the last five added a lot of runs. So that has been the story of Indian cricket.
“I’m only hoping they don’t struggle as much as 1932 or subsequently and they restrict Australia to maybe 350 or thereabouts,” Gavaskar said.