Renowned former Indian cricket star Sunil Gavaskar has criticized Indian bowling attack as they were unable to get lower-order wickets which happen to be a very common phenomenon of the Indian bowling attack. He described it as a “familiar story” of lacking a substitute plan.
The bowling spell of the Indian bowlers on Friday was not at all up to the mark as they conceded 258 runs for the last four wickets. This facilitated Australian pacers Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc’s strokeful half-centuries.
Gavaskar said “It’s a familiar story as it happened in New Zealand also. What I found out was lack of Plan B when Plan A is not working. They seemed to have a plan to bounce Mitchell Johnson but the ball then was 70-odd overs old. Remember, Johnson has a Test hundred and Indians allowed him a (good) start.”
When questioned about as to how similar tactics worked against Brad Haddin, Gavaskar replied “That’s what I am saying. If the tactics is not working you need to try something different. And there’s where India lacked Plan B. Bowling bouncers at 135 kmph to Johnson as the ball only came upto his waist and not to his shoulders. The Indian team has been tactically found wanting in New Zealand, South Africa and now over here. The think-tank needs to analyze whether they are only making strategies for the the top-6 with no plans for the lower order batsmen. If they are going to concede 500 runs in every innings, questions need to be asked.”
However Gavaskar didn’t fully agree on the fact that Indian batsmen have made a good comeback in the second innings despite finishing the day at 71 for one. “India are still 26 runs behind and they need to focus hard in order to bat well. Their job is to focus on scoring runs without bothering about anything else.” explained Gavaskar.