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Indian cricket team’s Pune debacle!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Having tasted defeat in Pune, blame game continues to haunt Indian cricket. The main attack was on spinner Ravider Jadeja as he could not create a havoc as done by O'Keefe of Australia. Even though both are left arm spinners, Jadeja lacked the wiles and guiles of the New South Wales spinner and thus losing a great opportunity to prove a point. Spinners mature with age and Steve O'Keefe showed his class with subtle variation and change of length and direction in a most clever way. Sridhran Sriram the spin consultant from India assisting Australia deserves all credit for the good performance of spinners. Sriram could not do well and shine for India as partial way of selection prevented him from knocking the doors of test cricket. However, his inputs have come in handy for the Australians as he guided them to a facile win which helped them go one up in the series. The spin execution of Australia distinguished them from India.

— Nickil Jayant Maniam, Vashi

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In a poor display of batting, Indian wickets fell like nine pins for the second consecutive day at Pune on the third day of the first test. It was a familiar scene on Indian pitches and we are accustomed to see the opposition crumble like a pack of cards. But this time round, we faced similar situation as Indian batting crumbled against quality spin and we were decimated within 74 overs. There was no need of taking the second new ball in both the Indian innings. Australia fashioned a great win by 333 runs after their last win in Jamtha ground in the year 2004. Laying spinner friendly track posed problems in the past as well. John Bracewell, a graveyard digger by profession dug India's graveyard at Bombay in the year 1988 by taking 6 wickets for 51 for a Kiwi side. O'keefe went one step further to finish the game within 3 days and became the Man of the match. We were doomed to the dust by a better side and now blame game has begun. Australians went one up in a four match series. Pune dozier proved to be an eye opener for a much-hyped side and it is time to tighten the weak ends to make a comeback in a four match series.

— C.K. Subramaniam, Sanpada

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Toss proved vital as Indian wickets are conducive to spin and ball never rose above knee level. Team selection posed a big problem for the home team. We had the two best all rounders in the game and the best batsman in contemporary cricket. Indian tail appeared to be long from the moment Ashwin came to bat. And we could not match the spin bowling of the team from down under because we lack safe fielders in the side. Steve O'Keefe son of former Australian cricketer and commentator for Australia dug India's graveyard with a haul of 12 wickets for 70 and won the Man of the match in style. Team India was put to test and the submission from 76 for 3 to all out for 107 as in the first innings was poor exhibition of batting talent. The poor display came in front of capacity crowd and in the midst of excellent umpiring by the two ICC umpires officiating in this match. Pune dozier proved to be an eye opener for a much hyped side and it is time to tighten the weak ends to make a comeback in a four match series.

— Nickil Krishmaniam, Bhandup

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