The ongoing tour of team India consists of five tests and this happens to be quite an important event which will decide the fate of team India’s future. This holds especially true in terms of testing the ability of Indian bowling attack on the bouncy tracks. Since the proposed next away tour is going to be on the much more tricky tracks of Australia, this particular series might prove to be an acid test for the Indian team. Although our young bowlers do possess the ability to strike, they do not have much experience on the bouncy pitches. In this scenario, the role of our talented batting line-up becomes crucial. In fact, if any international side has got reliable batsmen capable of putting up huge figures on the board, it is India. Also, this enhances the confidence of their bowlers, who feel a little secured even if they are not able to give an outstanding performance.
Ever since our wonderful trio Sachin, Dravid and Laxman have quit, we have not been able to find a permanent capable replacement. Also, in the last few years, Sehwag and Gambhir have lost their sheen and no dependable opening combination has been able to perform consistently. We have tried different options for opening in tests – right from Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Ajinkya Rahane to Abhinav Mukund – but none could achieve desired results. In recent times, Dhawan and Vijay have been the regular openers.
Thus, by virtue of their position, both, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli become a deciding factor as far as winning of team India is concerned. It is seen that normally when Dhawan strikes and the foundation is laid, Virat Kohli usually strengthens the position and whatever little more is required, that part is taken care of by our vibrant captain MS Dhoni.
Sadly, Dhawan off late has not been able to utilize his batting skills in an appropriate manner. Very often it is seen that he is not able to focus and a kind of uneasiness is noticed when he comes to bat. A few of my friends term this as a mark of being complacent as Dhawan seems overconfident. A number of times commentators have described his dismissal as a result of an unwarranted amateur kind of shot. Perhaps he knows that he is already past his prime and understands that playing an impressive innings here and there will not serve the purpose now. With a large number of capable youngsters ready to take guard (Sanju Samson and Manan Vohra), Dhawan does not have many chances to rely upon.
29, 36, 8 and 1 – these are the runs scored by vibrant Virat Kohli in the last four innings he has played. This certainly is not a good omen for the future of Indian cricket. Many of the experts have rightfully labeled Virat as a successor to master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Most of his fans know this jolly well that it is not possible for any batsman to always fulfill the desire of the fans/team mates, and Virat is no exception. But then, at times he looks inconsistent and appears to have lost his focus. Also, while negotiating the balls, he misreads them and very often repeats the same mistakes. Virat is the backbone of the Indian batting line-up and when he struggles, often the team loses. This is not a healthy proposition as when one intends to play for more than a decade, he is required to maintain a certain level of concentration, focus and commitment. He has got to remain stable by keeping his calm. There is a very thin line between being confident and complacent. Also, many times Kohli appears to be in a haste which proves costly for him and for Indian cricket.
Hope the feelings of millions of fans will be heard and we will be delighted to see them performing wonderfully in the near future. They are the future of Indian cricket after all.