Indians were a little careless feels Sunil Gavaskar
by Ankit Editor
Published - Feb 26, 2017 1:45 pm | Updated - Feb 26, 2017 10:34 pm
Team India lost the first Test to Australia by a massive 333 runs margin and were bowled out twice in sub 100 totals – they managed 105 in the first and two runs more in the second innings. Skipper Virat Kohli accepted the defeat and that the Australian team outplayed them while also blaming the batsmen for their poor show. But former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar feels it was more a result of a careless approach by the team.
“Finishing in half-an-hour just after tea was unbelievable. Indians were a little careless. The Indian batsmen needed to realise that they needed to stay on the wicket. I can’t really remember India losing in two-and-a-half days. It was a bit surprising the way India tackled the Australian spinners. It was probably a bad day. I am disappointed with a lack of fight shown by the Indian team. Getting out in 75 overs in two innings is just not done. This was one of the worst defeats of the Indian team.” Gavaskar was quoted by NDTV as saying.
Aussie opener Matt Renshaw who had to fight a stomach bug on his way to bat in the Test match played two gritty knocks in either inning and didn’t let the Indian bowlers dominate. Skipper Steve Smith, on the other hand, scored a magnificent century in the second knock on a pitch where the Indian team was bowled out for 107 he scored 109.
“The way the Australians fought on a pitch they were not familiar with, it was amazing to watch. Credit to Matt Renshaw and Steve Smith the way they batted. Australia played some really smart cricket. Steve Smith played a captain’s knock and it was one of the best Test match hundreds that you will see.” The former Indian opener said praising the two Australian batsmen.
Left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe was the most lethal among Australian bowlers as he picked 12 wickets in the Test match for 70 runs with identical figures of 6/35 in both the innings. He was ordinary to start with but once Smith changed his end to the Hill end after the Lunch session on Day 2 he was a different bowler and bamboozled the spin equipped Indian batters to win the game for his team.