The Australian’s were not expected to do well against India at home as their record in the sub-continent has been poor. However they not only managed to outplay India at home but went on to maul them, humiliate them and outclass them in all departments of the game. This will be a shock for the entire team but Kumble’s first innings justification of a ‘bad day at the office’ will not hold good after the side collapsed yet again in the second innings for a mere 107.
It’s not just the defeat that will hurt Kohli and squad but the manner of defeat. The Indians for once gave up without a fight and looked completely at sea against the marauding Aussies who put in a team performance with M Renshaw batting a stomach illness to hit a valuable 68 in the first innings, M Starc hitting 61 runs to give Australia a formidable total on a turning pitch.
One: Stephen O’Keefe will not forget this match ever as he outfoxed the Indian batsmen and took a stunning 12 wickets in the match.
Two: Captain Smith stood tall in the second innings scoring a century that ensured his side had more than enough runs on the board to comfortably win the first test by 333 runs.
Three: Mohammed Shami’s absence was felt in this test as his pace and reverse swing on a pitch like this would have been a great asset.
Four: Ishant Sharma’s presence was never felt in this test as he went wicketless and Kohli bowled him for just three overs in the second innings while Yadav sent down 13. Sharma has a good performance in every 7 or 8 tests and it is time the selectors decided to do what the IPL franchises recently decided and that is to leave him out.
Five: India have stuck with the K Rahul and M Vijay batting combination and while Rahul scored a half century in this test, his performances over the last few tests have not been good. Together they have not been able to put together 100 run partnerships consistently and have exposed the middle order early on a number of occasions.
While there will be talk about the pitch as it wasn’t really a good test match wicket, the Aussies showed that while batting was tough from ball one, with patience and application, it was possible to put up scores in excess of 250 on the board. Kohli and Kumble will have to take a look at the squad and make a couple of changes for the second test which will be played in Bangalore.