IND vs AUS – Post match thoughts
The first test between India vs Australia went very well for the hosts. Dhoni’s magnificant 224, and Ashwin’s 12 wickets left the Australians hapless, and took a 1-0 lead in the 4 test series. For the Ozzies, only James Pattinson, Moises Henriques, and Micheal Clarke managed to provide some resistance against the Indian fury. While this victory might seem great, we must keep in mind that this was the same way we started against England, and went on to lose the series 2-1. Now, what negative points came out in this game? Well, we have Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag’s miserable shows up front, and also we have Nathan Lyon’s dismal show with the ball. Probably because of Sehwag’s experience, Vijay will be the one to get the axe. Question is, who will replace him? I think that Shikhar Dhawan will be a good option for that. Why over Rahane? Well, Rahane’s shows against England were far below satisfactory, and also Dhawan provides another left-handed batting option. This will definitely prove useful, knowing that the Australian bowling lineup doesn’t have too much quality spin. With Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, and MSD in such good touch, this is a risk worth taking. For the Lyon problem, I don’t think there’s very much the Ozzies can do about it. Lyon is one of the two full-time spinners they have now. I believe they should just shrug off the fact that he conceded 215 runs in India’s innings an just keep in mind that he took 4 wickets, in addition to bringing in Xavier Doherty in to support him. The interesting thing will be to see at who’s expense he will come in. Definitely not Moises Henriquesor Pattinson. Probably not Starc, as he’s the only left-arm seamer in the side. I believe it will be either Peter Siddle or Philip Hughes who gets the axe. Doherty will definitely be a good move, as more than three-fourths of the Indian lineup is right-handed. Another few things I missed were the performance of India’s pacers, and Harbhajan Singh. Both Ishant and Bhuvneshwar didn’t trouble much with the ball, although the latter played a crucial knock with the bat. India don’t have too many pace options, but trying Ashok Dinda ahead of Ishant might be an interesting move. Now on to Bhajji. He had very moderate success in his 100th test. He took 3 wickets in 2 innings, whereas Ashwin took 12 and Jadeja took 5. Nobody is going to try and drop Ashwin, and Jadeja’s absolute snorter to Phil Hughes in the second innings was a delivery even fast bowlers would have been proud of. Dropping Bhajji for Praghyan Ojha might be an interesting move, but consider that the Australian line up has a total of 6 left handers. Ojha might be very effective, but when David Warner is opening the innings, playing a left arm spinner is always a risk.