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2018/19 Domain Tests: Indian Cricket Team’s 4th Test Match Review

India’s batting has performed top-class throughout this Series and Test v Australia on their home turf.

Let’s recap how their batsmen and bowlers went.

Batsmen Part 1

Cheteshwar Pujara who everyone knows him as “The Wall” bats as if he’s building a giant wall & everyone else chucked a 100 balls that didn’t add dents past him.

That’s what Pujara did all the time to keep his technique simple, use the footwork and play with an open bat face to rotate the shot selection.

Pujara repeated the same process now and then until he scored his 50, 100 & 150.


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Overall, Pujara’s a quality player in the middle as he deserves to take out the Man of the Match & Series.

The same goes to Opener Mayank Agarwal who too came in from the 3rd Test with plenty of the first-class experience.

Although, he hasn’t yet scored a 100.

But Agarwal too knows how to keep himself calm, block 100s of good balls & play lots of safe-ground shots.

Agarwal will score 100s if he continues to hammer these basics in the middle.

Don’t forget the likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane & Rishabh Pant.


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All of these three follow the same batting approach as Pujara’s having scored dashes using the safe shots down the ground.

Credit to Pant on scoring his 2nd Test 100 by keeping the head still and explode with dashes that Adam Gilchrist used during his playing days.

Gilchrist changed the way how wicket-keeper batsmen score runs and keep wicket.

Well, Pant’s the next generation keepers alongside Quinton De Kock to follow the leaf what Gilchrist pioneered in the 2000s.


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Batsmen Part 2

Hanuma Vihari may not have done well in the 3rd Test as an Opener having difficulty executing the short ball.

But when he moved back to No.6, Vihari didn’t have to take his eyes off the new ball.

Instead, as the bowlers begin to feel huff and puff, Vihari cashed in & turned into a session of his own which is scoring runs.

So Vihari himself had a mixed tour, but he’ll get better next time and scoring 50s & 100s on his excellent position.

And at last, KL Rahul.

It’s unfortunate that he had to leave so early when he had problems executing the short ball.

That’s the same kind of problem Vihari suffered in Melbourne.

Well, it’ll be a matter of time for KL Rahul to score runs next time or else will have to get dropped.

Bowlers Part 1: Spinners


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The spinners have steered the ship for the majority of this match due to the Sydney pitch.

Kuldeep Yadav is a star in the making.

He knows how to put the revs on when attacking the stumps when K. Yadav pitched in straight towards the middle then angles in to crash the off-stump.

That’s incredible left-wrist spin work right there.

The same comes from Ravi Jadeja who followed K. Yadav’s approach by always attacking the stumps.

From there, Jadeja adds plenty of spice & bit of turn before the batsman didn’t have a clue where to hit which helped him pick up two scalps.


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Bowlers Part 2: Seamers

And at last, the fast bowlers.

Yes, they haven’t picked big scalps as the spinners.

But they at least have contributed amongst the share of wickets in this Test.


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Jasprit Bumrah did well when he pitched up a tad short before it swung inside the stumps at full pace.

And that’s how Peter Handscomb couldn’t defend that good ball right when he chopped inside leg-stump.

So did Mohammed Shami with two wickets in hand.

Firstly, Shami made Marnus Labuschagne hard to whack off a flick shot from the middle of the stumps.

He attacked the stumps in keeping a nice length and straight line to make Labuschagne play.

It proved risky to hit when Labuschagne whacked straight to Ajinkya Rahane.

And Shami kept the same approach to maintain that tempo when he bowled out Pat Cummins.

The three wickets from the seamers convey how good they are to keep the change of pace & make the ball click by attacking the stumps.

With high-speed pitching the ball straight, it does confuse the batsman to make a loose shot which is a win-win situation from Bumrah & Shami.

Conclusion

India’s attacking-mindset and the way they kept their game calm and straightforward, they deserve to win this series.

The knowledge they grasp from their first-class system proves how strong they compete in Test Cricket.

There’s no need to employ a T20 style strategy or make up cross-bat shots all the time to whack up a lot of sixes.

Instead, they do well by scoring dashes off a straight bat to keep their wicket in the crease for long periods.

The same goes to their bowlers to keep the change of pace such as short, straight, in-swing or slow balls.

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How do the bowlers take wickets?

They remain patient by keeping the line and length straight so they can attack the stumps or target the keeper’s gloves.

That way it makes a batsman hard to whack off an excellent full ball or the middle of the crease which may crash into the stumps.

And it reflects India’s brilliant production line of talent that helped them win the series in Australia for the first time of its 71-year history.

Well done and sure India celebrates both the Border-Gavaskar Trophy & taking home the Series Trophy.

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