Would you say this Indian batting line-up is technically the weakest compared to the previous Indian teams that have been to Australia? Those teams too collapsed, but didn’t quite surrender in this fashion.
As I said before the tour commenced, for India to challenge Australia this series its top 4 batsmen need to be able to score runs against the Australian bowling attack. Now without Kohli, such a task looks even more difficult. There is no respite from the Australian bowlers, particularly on a wicket that offers a little, plus a pink ball, and lights – even though the majority of wickets fell in daylight. Such an attack on such conditions will always pose technical questions of every batsman – no matter who is at the crease.
Is obsession with T20 cricket has anything to do with batsmen struggling so badly with their technique?
I think there is an issue with T20 for this tour, in that the Indian batsmen have had little opportunity to adapt from IPL to Australian playing conditions. This is common with all touring sides now, that there is a preference to have little lead-up or acclimatising cricket, as well as few other games between Tests. That is always a recipe for being vulnerable when touring. Coming off wickets that were in the main, low and slow where the emphasis was attack for batsmen and defence for bowlers – again, it provides ingredients for a touring side that make it very vulnerable to the home team.
Would you say India needs to take its domestic cricket a bit more seriously as there are possibilities the Ranji Trophy may not be held this year because of time constraints owing to the pandemic?
The pandemic is affecting everyone all round the world. For the Indian economy, sport and travel to be on a growth curve again, getting the Health agenda under control is paramount. That means there are sacrifices to be made by all sections of the community.
Lastly, how can India bounce back from here considering they wont be having Kohli as well as Shami for the remaining Tests?
There is little need to dwell on what happened in Adelaide. It is one of those games, and more particularly, one of those innings that only happens infrequently – as the stats have shown.
They will now play in Melbourne which should present conditions much more to the Indian team’s liking. It is a true day game and will be played in front of good crowds of Indian supporters. The Indian team are into the series now, albeit not the way they had planned.
Making sure their individual preparation is as good as it can be. Coming together as a unit to support each other as their backs are to the wall with a 1st Test loss, Kohli departed, Shami out injured, and replacements not having played too much cricket let alone Test matches.
Still if they can unite under Rahane, back their preparation and be more strategic with how they play the game against Australia, then they have a chance of making it 1-1, or keeping it to 1-0, and look forward to where the next Test will be played.
What are some of the key lessons that can be taken from this 1st Test:
- Quality planning and preparation is vital to giving your team any chance of being successful
- Internal distractions such as your leader, in this case Captain Kohli, leaving the team, can have a very unsettling affect on some or all members
- COVID has, and will continue to upset continuity and routines. It is the individuals and teams that accept agility and adaptation will be important mindset ingredients to performance. It is they who will deal with all the influences that are outside their control, but directly impacting them onfield and off, the best.
- Coach Langer demonstrated incredible strength and coaching qualities as he supported opener Joe Burns for the role in this Test. There is no guarantees that Burns will continue to repay this faith with runs in the middle. But what is guaranteed is the message conveyed by Coach Langer through his actions, words and behaviours for Burns will be loudly heard by the rest of the group
Justin Langer and John Buchanan discuss strategies in their Coaches Coach series – watch it now