Cricket / australia
Perth Test : Visitors are facing double blow.
After an historical victory of 31 runs over Aussies , visitors are in high spirits. In the series in which four test matches will be played, the Indian team has taken a 1-0 lead. The second Test for visitors, will not be a cakewalk. Two more players in the team are suffering from injury. Thus a total of three players have been injured. It is really bad for Indian squad. Source India's most prominant spinner Ashwin, has an abdominal strain. The left-side abdominal strain has ruled him out from the most important second test. The outstanding opening batsman Rohit Sharma is suffering from back pain. That is the reason why Rohit Sharma will not take the field in the second test. Both players are going under treatment so that they will be fit for third Test match.While Pritvi shaw is recovering from his injury, he might be fit before third Test. The non-appearence of both leading players may affect the team performance. It might become hurdle in the way victory. However in place of these three players , BCCI has selected Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav in 13 member team. Source Hanuma is novice in International cricketand hence it will quite difficult for him to adjust on fast pitches and adding good runs on the scoreboard of India. Ravindra Jadeja has been called in place of Ravichandran Ashwin. He will lead the spin department of the visitors. The pitch at the Perth stadium is well known for speed and bounce. In this case , Aussies are strengthening and focusing on their pace attack to create an obstacle for visitors. In this case , non-appearence of Ashwin may not affect the performance of the Indian team. Skipper Kohli also has belief in his pacers. This is what he told the media. In this senario , keeping four pacers in the team will really be a surprise for anyone. Even pitch curators have said that they have been told to make that he have been told to make bouncy and fast pitches. The absense of Rohit may be trouble for the Indian team because Hanuma is not experinced like Rohit. Source The second Test match will start on Friday. It is interesting to see how visitors will face the pace attack of Australian pacers. Australia is prominent for their fast attack in the cricketing world. Jasprit and Bhuvaneshwer`s dual combination is something that the Indian fans will look forward to..
Is Cheteshwar Pujara the new Rahul Dravid?
The world’s No.1 Test team needed a flying start to assert themselves in this Adelaide Test, yet their irresponsible, overconfident and brash stroke play suggested otherwise. Poor shot selection compounded by epic brain fades caused the downfall of many batsmen in this Indian side, resulting in them gifting their wickets cheaply to an Aussie outfit desperate to show their country that they had changed for the better. Australia bowled well with much pace, aggression and accuracy, but even they will agree that it was definitely the visitors that got themselves out on Day 1. As India stumbled to five for 86 with a long tail to follow, Tim Paine could be seen licking his lips at the prospect of bundling out the tourists for under 150. As the Bollywood beats faded quicker than India’s hopes, one man stood firm. One man refused to give in. One man decided he would not allow his team to follow a narrative they had been accustomed to for so long on Aussie soil. They call him Cheteshwar Pujara, the new wall of India. Pujara was sublime, stoic and erudite in his innings. India needed someone to stand up and hold the fort as wickets continued to tumble like nine pins. Pujara answered the call handsomely. While his fellow countrymen lunged greedily at the wide full balls offered by Mitchell Starc and friends, Pujara simply said, “Nope. Goodbye off drive. Goodbye cover drive. Hello discipline. Hello patience. Let’s dig in for a long one”. And dig in he did. The on-drive and flick soon became his most productive shots as he waited sensibly for the ball to enter his zone for a scoring opportunity. Pujara’s foundation was built session by session as he accumulated the deliveries and soaked in the sapping conditions. He was immovable, defiant and unforgiving in his bat-a-thon, causing Australia to wait hungrily for a chance to attack the lesser batsman at the other end. At one point he was 19 off 90 balls, and it was obvious that he was not going to leave anytime soon. The man himself later admitted that it took him two whole sessions work out how to bat on the Adelaide pitch, and thankfully his graft breathed new life into an otherwise hapless Indian first innings. As Pujara’s yogic powers of concentration continued to grow, it was clear that the memory of another great Indian legend was manifesting himself in this defiant performance. Could Pujara be the Rahul Dravid for his generation? Given this hundred, his batting style and even the statistics and past performances, there is certainly enough evidence to show that this could be a possibility. Pujara is no stranger to playing the Mr Dependable role for his country, and he has done so on more than one occasion throughout his relatively young career. Back in November 2012, in the second Test match against England at Mumbai, India were once again reeling at five for 119, with Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, a young Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh all back in the shed for not much. The latter had been castled for a duck by Graeme Swann too. Pujara came in, assessed the situation and applied supreme discipline to grind his team out of a hole to a respectable first innings score of 327. He scored a phenomenal 135 off a mind-boggling 350 balls at a monk-like strike rate of just 38.27. Cometh the hour, cometh the man, they say; though on this occasion it wasn’t enough to grant India a victory. The great wall of Pujara would again show his powers against Sri Lanka in August 2015 in the third Test at Colombo. With the visitors teetering at seven for 180, Pujara’s unbeaten 145 off 289 balls arrested the momentum back India’s way, lifting them to 312. He had scored over 45 per cent of the team total by himself, a monumental effort that secured India the win and ultimately the series. England once again witnessed another Pujara epic in August of this year at Southampton in the final Test. Sweating it out, Pujara prospered with yet another gutsy unbeaten 132 off 257 balls to take India to 273 after they had earlier fallen to eight for 195. It just goes to show how tough, patient and mentally strong Pujara is; it almost seems as though he was made to bat in these situations, further likening this possible comparison to the great Rahul Dravid. Even on a statistical level there are some uncanny developments in Pujara’s career that continue to draw a strong similarity to Dravid. Pujara is currently 30 years old and has 16 Test hundreds to his name. Rahul Dravid at 30 also had 16 Test hundreds to his name. It took 67 innings for Dravid to reach 3000 Test runs, 84 innings to reach 4000 and 108 innings to hit 5000 runs. As Pujara crossed the 5000 mark with his first Test century Down Under, the number of innings taken for him to reach those previous milestones follows this exact same parable. Truly remarkable. So it begs the question: Will Pujara one day grow into a batsman of a calibre akin to the mighty Rahul Dravid? With his traditional Test match batting style, exceptionally calm temperament and supreme powers of concentration, it now remains highly likely. With a healthy Test match batting average at a tick over 50, there are strong signs that we will witness further great innings from him, ensuring that the great wall of India continues to build well into the 21st century. Dravid will certainly be pleased.