Australia vs India: Five mistakes India should avoid in the Test series
India can't afford to be complacent by any means.
Updated - Dec 1, 2018 1:58 pm
The upcoming Test series against Australia is India’s best chance to win a series Down Under. The Australian team, after conceding defeats against South Africa and Pakistan, are low on confidence with a very poor international record in 2018. The current bunch is by far the weakest team ever in the history of their cricket. Following the ban against Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft for their alleged involvement in ball-tampering scandal that surfaced in the infamous Cape Town Test earlier this year, Aussie batting line-up looks really fragile and inexperienced.
India should see this as an opportunity, grab it with both hands and win the historic Test series for the first time in Australia. Although Indian cricket team’s batting lineup is not at its best in recent times with lingering problems in the middle order, still it is not as bad as their opponents whose batting line-up looks really unsettled at present. Bowling of both the sides is going to be the deciding factor in the series, with both teams having equally good bowlers in their arsenal.
If India happens to concede this series then it would be more the case of India losing the series themselves by committing similar mistakes they did against England rather than Australia winning it. Here let’s have a look at the mistakes from the past series which India should avoid against Australia if they want to win the series:
Over Dependence on Virat Kohli
In recent times, the Indian team is relying heavily on Kohli to score runs than other players also chipping in and take the responsibility. The 30-year-old is doing the bulk of the scoring for India in Tests. In the Test series against England recently, the Delhi born Kohli scored 593 runs at an average of 59.30 and finished the series as the highest run-getter. He also scored two centuries including a 103 in the third Test as India defeated England at Trent Bridge.
The Australian team is down but not out, so it will take a huge amount of effort from the whole Indian team particularly batsmen other than Kohli to step up and perform if they want to beat the Kangaroos in their backyard. Batsmen such as Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rajane have enough experience among them and they have a decent record as well outside India. All they need to do is keep a belief in themselves, come out with a positive mindset and give time to themselves on the field.