India lost the second test match against Australia by a huge margin of 146. This was, in fact, the very first test match at the newly unveil ground in Perth. India had won the first test match of the series but Australia came back strongly to win the second one and leveled the series.
This means next text match that is the famous Boxing Day test match beginning on 26 December will have a lot in store for the cricket fans. India will be all set for a comeback but there is a lot of areas that Indian team has to keep in mind before heading on for the next test at Melbourne.
"They played better cricket than us and they deserved to win" – Virat Kohli after India lost the second #AUSvIND Test to Australia in Perth.
— ICC (@ICC) December 18, 2018
Indian team got all excited seeing the green Perth track and went on with four pacers. Indian bowlers tried their best but Australian batsmen defended well against the one-dimensional bowling attack. Umesh Yadav was the inclusion which wasn’t a fruitful decision by Indian team management. Nathan Lyon proved how even spinners could be effective on that track and took 8 wickets to win the match for Australia single-handedly. So Jadeja could have been a better option instead of Umesh.
Weak Lower Order Batting:
All the bowlers Indian team picked were genuine tail-enders with batting average 10.88 (Umesh Yadav), 7.74 (Ishant Sharma), 11.1 (Mohammed Shami), 1.56 (Jasprit Bumrah). But a team does need good support from lower order to put a respectable score in such a difficult track. Test cricket history shows how effective tail-enders changed match dimensions. Comparing the runs added by last four wickets of each team it can be seen that Australians added 75 and 51 runs in two innings whereas Indians added 32 and 21 runs. This evidently shows why Indian team needs better lower order that can be effective with the bat to some extent.
Indian openers continue to disappoint their fans. Both KL Rahul and Murali Vijay are in terrible forms this year and Perth test was no different. Rahul scored just 468 runs this year which includes one innings of 149 against England in a dead rubber and his average is around 22. Vijay’s average is even poorer at 18 and out of his 282 runs, 105 came against Afghanistan in home. In Perth Test, Rahul scored 2 and 0 and Vijay scored 0 and 20 and failed to give any kind of start to the Indian innings. With Prithvi Shaw out of the tour due to injury, it will be a big task for team management to find replacements for them before the Melbourne Test starting on Boxing Day.
Indian pacers were amazing throughout the test match at Perth. Australians had to earn each run against them. Ishant Sharma is proving why he is still effective for the team. He took five wickets. Jasprit Bumrah is on a rollercoaster since his debut in Test. He took five wickets in this match and now holds the records for highest wickets (39) after playing first eight Test matches as an Indian. He achieved this feat after surpassing Venkatesh Prasad (37 wickets), S Sreesanth (37 wickets), and Mohammed Shami (31 wickets). When Bumrah broke a record of Mohammed Shami, Shami kept chasing for a new one. He was the most effective of the lot and picked up 6 wickets in second innings. His 6 for 56 is the fourth best figures for an Indian pacer in Australia, after Kapil Dev, Ajit Agarkar, and Abid Ali. This is probably one of the best bowling sides of the Indian team which could be very effective if team management can use it properly.
Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane:
Virat Kohli played a wonderful innings of 123 off 257 balls. He came to bat when the team was struggling at 8 for 2. He played the role of an anchor and produced almost flawless innings. His partnership with Ajinkya Rahane was important. Kohli defended the Australian bowling attack quite smoothly before a legal yet controversial dismissal. It was a great relief for India to see Ajinkya Rahane back in form. When the top 3 batsmen were sent back to the pavilion by Australians Rahane rose to the occasion and gave Kohli the much-needed support. Their partnership helped India to somewhat defend the Aussie attack.