There were many questions asked about this inexperienced Indian side as to whether they will be able to beat the power-houses in the cricketing world. It all started with India losing to England at home last time around, so the team had to get out of it. And what better way to do that – Beat Australia 4-0 !
All praise to the players, no one in particular. As a team they performed very well. Though there were many spectacular individual performances that stood out this series but it was the team that did well. Some of the rising stars in this series for India are Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. (Well I left out Ashwin because he is a full-time member of the team) Pujara has certainly filled in the big shoes of Rahul Dravid.
There was a lot of hype about the series at the beginning but that soon faded away as the Aussies fell like a pack of cards in the latter part. All the matches were one sided affairs with the Indian Spinners exploiting the conditions extremely well. But the last test that finished today had all the excitement of a perfect test match.
Delhi’s pitch has always proven to give a great, thrilling test match. The pitch is extremely unpredictable. (That’s the reason the stadium was banned by the ICC some time ago) The pitch behaves like 5th day pitch on the first day itself with great turn and dust puffing all around. The pitch was turning to such an extent that the match finished in just 3 days ! Jadeja was the star of the day as he picked his first ever 5 wicket haul. India looked in some trouble as they lost 3 wickets with just 30 odd runs required to win.
Australia don’t have much positives to take from the series. They should be happy that their specialist spinner Nathan Lyon proved that he could exploit turning pitches. Another positive is their lower order (tail) has contributed a lot in the entire series. Bowlers like Pattinson, Siddle have troubled India a lot and helped Australia post respectable scores in the series.
Umpiring has been of top quality this series with Aleem Dar heading the lot. There have been minimal errors and a higher rate of good decisions. The umpires certainly had to go a bit further in the last test to counter the SLEDGE-ATHON that involved both the teams. Thumbs Up to the umpires !
Well a great treat for the Cricket fans like me to see the Aussies go down 4-0. Now the action shifts to a faster pace with the Indian Premier League starting 3rd April. But the real test for this young brigade will be against South Africa later this year. Let’s hope that the team continues their dream run there too. 🙂