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Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Nov 2018 11:32:37

having demolished the touring West Indies, the Indian team will now be looking to repeat the performance during the tour of Australia beginning next moth. By and large the West Indies proved to be an easy meat in home conditions. Now the team would again be tested in alien conditions, which have, time and again, proved to be a nemesis of the Indian team, earning them an unwanted tag of ‘poor travellers.’ During the tour of England a few months back, the ‘poor travellers’ tag came back haunting, with the batsmen doing no justice to themselves, with the exception of Captain Virat Kohli.

The Australian conditions would be similarly testing for the Indian batsmen. But former great Australian fast bowler Jeff Thompson has a reassuring word for the Indian team. He says that there is no reason why the Indian team should not steam-roll the Australians in their own backyard. While this assurance seems to be rather juicy, it also calls for caution on the part of the travelling Indian cricketers because such prediction could prove to be very deceptive as did happen during the tour of England. 

Jeff Thopmson’s belief rests on two factors: First, the suspension of two experienced great batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner on charges of ball tampering and hence the depletion in the Australian batting strength, and second, the mercurial form in which Indian Captain Virat Kohli and some of the batsmen are with never-before strong bowling unit along side.

In fact during the tour of England it was the Indian pace battery that shone, more than the batting unit. Thomson has said, the in the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith rest of the Australian batting looks pedestrian. He finds flaw in their footwork and technique. These batsmen just want to smack every ball out of the ground. And he has blamed this on too much of limited overs matches being played these days all over.

While depletion in Australian batting may sound realistic on record, this has to be taken with a pinch of salt by the Indian team. Even during the home series, the West Indies surprised Virat Kohli’s team with their batting performances in the 50-over games, matching the home team score for score and even managed to tie one game and win another. That definitely must have scared Virat Kohli’s men. During the English tour also the Indian team had gone as favourites being the number one team in world cricket. But had to return empty-handed.

It is for this reason that nothing can be taken for granted in cricket because it is a very unpredictable game. Past records have very little to do with the present. And by now Virat Kohli and his coach must have learnt good enough lessons.