India’s 19-Test match unbeaten dream run ended on Saturday 25 February.
Australia rose like a phoenix from the ashes to create the best comeback and win in India after 13 years. Despite the envious batting line up and tailor-made pitches for spin attack, India was the toothless tiger, with numerous bad sessions throughout the Test.
Demystifying 5 reasons why and how India lost the first Test match against Australia:
1) Law of Averages: 13 years and no test victory versus India was difficult to digest. Aussies in the last 15 years have been the best team with a deep batting line up, varied bowlers with seam and swing prowess and dominating leadership, both on and off the field. Pune proved to be India’s Pearl Harbour waiting to happen.
2) Smith & ’Starc’ difference: Day 1, last session, Indians were getting ready to bat but hold on — Lanky speedster had other plans. His prolonged overstay at the centre hurt the hosts. He added 60 runs for the 10th wicket and literally hit India morally. Steve is no No 1 for no reason. He put up the most matured gutsy three figure score. Smith the ‘splendid’ was the Starc difference in Pune.
3) Couldn’t filter O’Keffee: On a turning pitch with limited skills, O’Keefe took 6-35 in the first innings, while fellow spinner Nathan Lyon snared 5 in total, with figures of 4-53 in the second innings, as Australia’s spin duo outperformed their Indian counterpart hands down.
4) Fielding in dumps: Complacency. Shabbiness. Or sheer failure in application. Those catches dragged team India down.
5) DRS failure: Error in gut call/DRS and failure by technology.