5 times when a batting collapse denied India significant wins
After being put under pressure, India allowed the matches to slip away
Updated - Apr 8, 2020 7:30 pm
The 1983 World Cup triumph against the West Indies started a new chapter in the history of Indian cricket. The thumping victory also gave the next generations confidence that they can topple opponents even at the grandest of stages.
Ever since the historic win, the men’s team has scaled greater heights, having won the 2011 World Cup at home and the 2007 T20 World Cup on South African soil. The women’s team has also come up the ranks over the last couple of years. The likes of Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and many others have grabbed the headlines through their performances.
But there have also been plenty of instances when both the men’s and women’s unit capitulated in crunch situations. From being in strong positions, they have allowed matches to slip away after being put under pressure.
In the article, let’s take a look at five instances when batting collapses robbed India off defeats: –
1. 2014 Adelaide Test
Prior to the tour of Australia in 2014, India’s most memorable Test victory in Adelaide was in 2003 when Rahul Dravid’s double ton got them over the line. In order to win their second game at the venue, the hosts needed to track down 364.
Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay got their team ever so close with a stand of 185 runs for the third wicket. But then off-spinner Nathan Lyon had other ideas. At a time when India needed 122 runs to win with plenty of overs left on the fifth day, Lyon pinned Vijay on 99. From there on, the visiting team lost eight wickets 72 runs.
Lyon also got Kohli’s prized scalp when the Indian skipper hit one down the throat of Mitchell March after scoring 141 runs. Among the last seven batters in the lineup, only Wriddhiman Saha could get into double digits.