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India keeps doing the same thing and achieving the same result

India keeps doing the same thing and achieving the same result

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The exclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin from the Indian team for the oval test has occupied most of the cricket discussion.

In this din, the real problem was swept under the carpet by the management of the Indian team. They kept faith in the core which has repeatedly failed to race for the many past series in England and New Zealand conditions. As one famous physicist once said, doing the same things and expecting different results is stupid.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have so poorly averaged over three series in England that Virat Kohli’s faith in their upcoming bills verges on madness.

English bowling has been relentless since the first innings at Headingley. The return of Chris Woakes made the quartet impregnable rhythm. Thus, we can understand the agony that Indian drummers go through at the fold. But that doesn’t mean the team has to accept defeat and keep getting injured.

One would have expected India to make some changes in the batting order. One idea could have been to bring a surprise attack weapon like Surya Kumar Yadav to make the English bowling unit think. The innings played by Shardul Thakur in this fourth round have shown everyone that an unconventional approach can destabilize a bowling attack as disciplined as England’s.

The same group of players with a conventional method and pronounced weaknesses who are asked to face each other again are like lambs driven to slaughter.

I can understand the logic behind the abandonment of Ashwin. Kohli wants to play four bowlers and a versatile spinner under these conditions. He would like this spinner to be more of a drummer capable of casting control spells. Ravindra Jadeja has seemed at ease every time he has come in the crease of this series, and it’s understandable that he gets the green light from Ashwin.

India keeps doing the same thing and achieving the same result

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Shardul Thakur is a player who must be in the squad in every game, especially in SENA conditions. He is the only true swing bowler on the team, and modern hitters have trouble against this type of bowling.

Plus, he’s an unconventional batsman who performs some valuable runs just like we saw in Gabba’s test and this oval test. So, I can understand the good logic behind not choosing Ashwin. However, I don’t understand why I am persisting with the batting unit as it is now.

Pujara has now shown his 91 in Headingley’s test to be an outlier. He came out the same way with James Anderson as he has since the 2014 series. Ajinkya Rahane played in the usual way and escaped. There is no current form or history to show that they know how to play in these conditions. It’s also no coincidence that none of the hitters have established themselves in this batting order since KL Rahul debuted in 2014.

In this series, KL Rahul scored centuries in the first two tests and has now contributed little since Lord’s second innings. This sporadic scoring pattern has been endemic in this team, with the exception of Virat Kohli. It’s no surprise he’s the only batsman to average over 50 points.

Management’s blind and relentless faith in a 40-30 and 30-average batting set is beyond comprehension. If their decision is rational, does that mean India lacks a strike force in international cricket? I find it hard to believe.

I would say this is due to the reluctance of the current management to look past some names and hope they end up getting good. Meanwhile, the Indian team continues to experience repeated batting meltdowns and depend on the wonderful bowling attack to pull something out of the bad situation.

Something must give way, and the current team management must be held responsible for the repeated batting failures in English and New Zealand conditions.

 

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