I fail to understand what is wrong with our famed batting line up. Are they just tigers on the paper or they have lost the hunger to win a match overseas. When they play at home pitches, they are fine and the moment they go abroad, they start playing like club boys. They got humiliated in their tour of England few months back and now it appears that they are bent upon to repeat the same performance in Australia.
India were in commanding position when they reduced Australia to 27/4 in their second innings on day 3. But they lost the game when they allowed Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey to flourish and both slammed half centuries on day 3 and put Australia ahead of India. Michael Hussey’s inning of 89 was full of determination and he regained the form at the right time. Ricky Ponting may be criticised for his poor form and suggestions in the media and comments by ex-cricketer that he should take retirement from the game, but to me lot of cricket is left in him. Come what may, he is still a force to reckon with.
On the contrary, none of our star batsmen could show their sparkle and talent in this match. All of them have fallen like nine pins and this calls for lot of introspection. Winning and Losing is part of the game but when you surrender the game in an abject manner then it is cause of grave concern.
Hope, Team India will regain confidence in the next test match and give fighting competition in the remaining matches. Good Luck to Team India for their future endeavours and wish them successful 2012!