Ayaz Memon Apr 11, 2019, 04:59 PM IST
Earth has shown the ability to adapt to new conditions: Ayaz Memon
India's Playing-11 will be affected by their injury
Sports desk Taking lessons from the experiences of South Africa and England, the Indian team wanted to play tough and challenging practice matches before the first Test in Australia. The match ended on Saturday against the Cricket Australia-11, is not as predictable on many fronts. The first day's game was washed in the rain. This gave less time for Indian batsmen and bowlers to adapt to the conditions. The bad fortune became even more dominant than the quality of the rival team and the performance of the Indians.
There were many unknowingly players in the team that Cricket Australia chose. Despite this, the Indian team's performance is not good. CA-11 batsmen forced the Indian bowlers to bowl 151 runs and gained 186 runs on the basis of first innings. Apart from this, Prithvi Shaw was also injured in the first Test match. India had to lose the infirm opener. This will affect India's playing-eleven.
Earth was the first choice opener in this series
Recently, Shaw, who was 19 years old, had a great start of his Test career against the West Indies a few weeks ago. By submitting the best half-century in the first innings of the practice match, he also showed his ability to quickly get away from the new conditions. He became India's first choice opener for this series. His injury was so serious that he had to get out of the first Test match.
Earth's thinking aggression
It has to be seen whether they fit before the second Test or not. With his absence, captain Virat Kohli would have also been disappointed, hoping for a strong start in the series. How both teams will perform in the series, it is largely dependent on the performance of the first Test match. Shaw was an important part of the game plan in the Indian top order. They have aggressive thinking and they have a large range of strokes. In this way, he could prove to be an important character in dealing with Stark, Hejelwood and Cummins.
Danger of a poor start in Earth's absence
Something like Virender Sehwag did in 2003-04 and 2008. Except Virat Kohli, the Indian batting was very lucky in South Africa and England. This was because of a bad start. In the absence of Shaw, this threat is re-occurring. Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul scored runs in the second innings, but till then the competition was over in the match.
Dhawan or Mayank may be included
Shaw's injury can lead to two important decisions. If they look unheard of for the second Test, then Shikhar Dhawan or Mayank Agarwal (they are currently in New Zealand) can be included in the second opener. Secondly, if Indian management feels that the batting can be weak, then he can decide to get off with seven batsmen. This will reduce the bowling options of Kohli.
Played five bowlers in England-South Africa
India has consistently preferred five bowlers in England and South Africa. Bowlers have been successful in forming a winning position for the team several times in a commendable manner. If this happens, then the Indian team will be seen taking two steps behind one step ahead of the first Test. Definitely Virat Kohli should not have started such a beginning. Many without sleeping nights are ahead of them.