Team India’s performance on day three of the Adelaide Test against Australia has left everyone in disbelief. They were dominating until the end of day two but the whole picture changed within the first hour of the play on day three.
Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins left Virat Kohli and co in a drastic position as the whole team was in the pavilion after putting just 36 runs on board in the second innings. Thankfully, India had already the lead of 53 runs ahead of the second innings because of which the audience could witness a longer than expected innings of Australia.
How would India justify a total of 36?Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel, who announced his retirement earlier this month, has heavily criticised Virat Kohli and co. for their poor show. He was also in disbelief about India’s collapse. The opener, who was with the team when India won the last Border-Gavaskar Trophy, acknowledged Australian’s bowled superbly but could not find a reason why his countrymen were bundled out for just 36 runs, which is the lowest ever score for India in Test cricket.
“India had batted well in the first innings. Posting 250 runs on this tough wicket was a good effort. India bowled well as well in the first innings. But there is no excuse to get all out for 36. We will say that this player bowled sensationally well or he bowled a superb spell. Even then how would you justify a total of 36?,” he said.
Parthiv Patel criticised that Kohli, Vihari and Rahane were out without setting up a partnership and showing an intent to fight back.
“Players like Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari, Ajinkya Rahane, have all played on the biggest of stages. So, in your life, you would never be able to explain how you got out for 36. It does not matter how tough the opposition is, you would not have an explanation for this. Even if you are facing Hazlewood, Starc, Cummins, someone could have put their heads down and at least stitched one partnership. But we did not get to see it,” Parthiv Patel added.
He concluded that it was the most shameful performance of India though the men in blue had also seen collapses like this in past.
“This score is India’s lowest total in a Test innings, and their previous lowest of 42 was in 1974, it was a long time ago. This, I would say, is India’s most shameful performance. Even if you try to criticise it, or analyse it, you cannot give an explanation for this. Someone needed to put their hands down, and raised their hands and continued to bat,” Parthiv Patel signed off.
With the win by eight wickets, Australia has gained the lead in the four-match Test series. But the defeat will highly demoralize the visitors, who will also be missing Virat Kohli‘s service in the last three coming Test matches.