Adelaide Aftermath: Can Pale-Looking Australia Inflict Pain Upon Purposeful India?
Even in any struggle, there is room to survive and then making a solid statement stands as an in-time remedy. However, such is the fascinating example of the Australia-India Test series after every passing two years. If you’re in India, then you’re bound to wake up in the wee hours to catch the live action; and believe me, it’s beyond addiction when you’re just an aficionado apart being in the line of duty to report for any of the publications across the globe.
Meanwhile, the opening Test in Adelaide is being done and dusted after the sun-baked surface saw the juice being extracted to some extent when spinners rose against the tide in early December.
India has shown some ‘intent’:
Well begun is half done for rampant team India. And definitely, we have this frequent question on cards; ‘can toothless Australia learn from its mistakes to fight back?’ Yes, could be the answer and as plain as ever thought by die-hard Australian supporters. The choice could be as hot as the macadam. However, in the same breath, India is not going to make it easy for them, never this time around.
Painstakingly, does hosts have an answer to tackle aggression and vice versa of newly infused India? Meanwhile, the way, India as a team had shown the courage, commitment and, diligence is in itself commendable.
Well, a bit has been put up, but plenty is yet to get unfolded in the coming weeks. The particular problem that lies with Indian bowlers is they allow the opposition tail to wag which could be threatening.
Seemingly, symphonies have had set a mark in the ongoing, grueling Test series between hosts and India. Thoroughly, the number one Test team has the intent to swoon in with delight—to create history under the dynamic leadership of none other than Virat Kohli. Yes, wouldn’t it be glory for the fans in billions? After all, it’s a massive chance for Kohli and Co. to do some Bhangra on the Australian soil.
Well, just don’t give an ear to what Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri said post-victory. It just came out of those little frustrating moments. Maybe, the climax of his speech. Remember, ‘like a tracer bullet’? Yes, you heard it right, vociferous.
Ardently, while donning the whites, Australians have fallen off from the clip. And at the same time, their go-slow and timid approach are shattering their dreams. They have been often a tough nut to crack that too in their backyard. So, at this juncture, the timeline is altogether pretty different.
With former skipper, Steven Smith, audacious opener David Warner and young besieged ball-tamperer Cameron Bancroft banned, Australia have a void in their batting order which they haven’t been able to fill
To be precise, the ball-tampering saga is seen as the boon for team India. However, it’s not enough to put up as an excuse, as they have shaped up well to make opponents grind at their fortress, for instance, South Africa.
Hapless at the backyard:
For next few years, Australia can’t revolve around Smith and Warner–the others players; wristy, crafty or whatnot are supposed to come out of their comfort zone—to dictate the terms in their den before carving out a niche.
For some time now, India as a unit had played an outstanding cricket at home before proving against the overwhelming odds in overseas conditions. Solely, to be on the top of a ladder. Catapult-like Cheteshwar Pujara has been the cornerstone for India with Ajinkya Rahane finding in some form to raise his bat in opponent’s backyard. For a moment, it a feast for the eyes to witness Kohli continues his blazing form.
Go on then, take a few moments and have a cup of coffee or whatever you like to relax and watch the highlights of the Adelaide Test. Wait, also have a closer look at enigmatic Kohli, who had his dancing shoes on even after Usman Khawaja took a screamer—to send him off the ground for just three. Again, see how Kohli’s composure responded to it as an astute leader. Believe me; there is plenty to observe even if you’ve had streamed it live or watched the uninterrupted action.
Sometimes, the invisible illness is a blessing in disguise. However, on the same front, you are supposed to be on a mission to get it cured. And same is the case with the then mighty Australians.
So far, 25 Test series had taken place overall (in India and Australia) since 1947. To be precise, Australia has the upper hand with 12 series victories. On the other hand, India went on to bag eight series wins. However, five series culminated with a draw.
To further break it was down for the avid readers, India-Australia played 96 Tests against each other. Australia went on to clinch 41 Tests with India closing in and settling for 27 successful attempts. Interestingly, one game has ended as a tie.
Symphony or what?
Many-a-times, the statistics have had happened to be fodder for the imagination. However, at the same time, you are not donning the national jersey to choke in the line of duty. You need to add on to those baby steps—to write symphonies on the wall as many did at the iconic Lord’s in the recent past.
If Australia happened to have lost the penetration, fizz before losing out the series. Well, in a nutshell, what would they boast about to their tribe? Nothing.
Summary, there is nothing to boast about Australia, but its sporting culture has a lot to brag about. Indeed, the sporting culture has a considerable impact on its netizens to create records after records. Pragmatically, the recent example is of Michael Phelps. He happened to be the swim king and the most decorated Olympian in the history of the sport.
Anyway, is anyone watching to see the Kangaroos making a comeback, that too, strong than ever?
Would there be a spark, or would it turn out to be a theatrical show or the dreadful one-sided affairs? The time will tell.
So far, with the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, and Shaun Marsh—the future lies in safest of the hands before the much-awaited return of Smith and Warner to paint the canvas with bright colours.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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