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India should bat only once on this wicket

The first day of the second Test went away without much of a heartburn for the Australians as it did for India. Turning in without the first Test heroes Ishant Sharma and VVS Laxman, India perhaps was already feeling the tension with two new faces in the batting department in Murali Vijay (coming in place of Gautam Gambhir) and Cheteswar Pujara. The duo comes in at a time when India is not only forcing its way to another series win over the Aussies, but also the thought that the series win can downgrade Australia to No 5 in the ICC test rankings.

The first day of the second Test went away without much of a heartburn for the Australians as it did for India. Turning in without the first Test heroes Ishant Sharma and VVS Laxman, India perhaps was already feeling the tension with two new faces in the batting department in Murali Vijay (coming in place of Gautam Gambhir) and Cheteswar Pujara. The duo comes in at a time when India is not only forcing its way to another series win over the Aussies, but also the thought that the series win can downgrade Australia to No 5 in the ICC test rankings.

Not that ICC ranking is rattling the Indians. The Aussies batted today with guts galore scoring 285/5 in the end and proving the intent to score past 400, on a wicket which provided early evidence of cracking up helping the spinners. A spinning wicket may not be a big worry, specially for Indian batsmen, but with two new batsmen in the fore, it may trigger some tension in the midrib. India really has to bat hard and long on this wicket, not to allow themselves in for the second time for sure. That means Sachin and Dravid, along with others will have to bat till the 4th day lunch and leave the rest of the Test match for the Aussies to fend the fifth day wicket. If that could be achieved, then its the Australians who will be on the backfoot. If India is eying the strategy, then Australia may well be on its way to Number 5 in the Test rankings.

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strategy to bat through the day? of course who'd plan to get out early and want to bat on the 5th day?
Nilesh-Hiray on 11 Oct 2010, 12:12 PM
This is looking like a greedy,selfish blog.If you are number1 be,all are happy but why do you want others to get bad?And as you mentioned if India plays for till 4th day and leave it for Aussies then people wont follow test cricket.People want result,not dull boring draws.Are you trying to bring test cricket to an end?BTW Who is the author of this blog?
maddydravid on 10 Oct 2010, 06:10 PM
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