Sydney Cricket Test – India still has chances

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Sydney Test – India still has chances


Probability theory favours Australia

If one goes by the probability theory in mathematics, then perhaps India most probably has lost its chance of winning the Sydney Test against Australia on the first day itself after its miserable performance of getting all out for 191 just after tea. Only Captain Dhoni offered some resistance to the Aussie pacers. It was a really credible performance by the Australia’s fast bowlers Pattinson (4 wickets), Hilfenhaus (3 wickets) and Siddle (3 wickets) to scuttle out the Indian side for a poor and insufficient total.

Sachin seems to be obsessed with that elusive century

Sachin seems to be obsessed with his hundredth century and every time he misses it. In business there is a saying ‘if you chase money, money will elude you, but if you chase quality, money will chase you’. This adage is more applicable to Sachin Tendulkar than anybody else in the present cricket world. Sachin has been chasing that elusive hundred for nine months but of no result because the century is eluding him. But if Sachin forgets about the century and starts concentrating on playing a sheet anchor role to pull his team out of crisis, then the century automatically will come to him. This is the secret I want to pass on to Sachin.

Dravid is ageing

During the Melbourne Test, judging by the way Dravid was clean bowled in both the innings, I wrote that Rahul Dravid was ageing. My observation seems to be correct. I feel that Rohit Sharma should be given a chance in the next test in place of Laxman or Virat Kohli or Gautam Gambhir. What is the use of preserving the batsmen who are failing repeatedly?

After getting bowled out for 190, India conceded a lead of just 2

Coming back to the probability theory, I feel that inspite of this low total of 191, India still has a chance in this test. My mind goes back to the fourth Test between India and Clive Lloyd’s West Indies team at Chepauk, Chennai in January 1975. India won the toss and batted first. India was bowled out for 190 by the West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts. In that innings, India’s Gundappa Viswanath played a glorious innings of 97 not out. Viswanath scored the majority of his runs while playing with the tail-enders Bedi and Chandrasekhar. Andy Roberts bagged seven wickets. When West Indies replied, the Indian captain brought spinners into the attack after just one over each by Madan Lal and Karsan Ghavri. The opener Roy Fredericks was out and on the second day, regularly wickets fell for West Indies. Except Vivian Richards who scored a half century, no other batsman was able to withstand Indian spin attack of Prasanna, Bedi and Chandrasekhar. West Indies was bowled out for 192, gaining a slender lead of just two runs.

India managed to win that match by 100 runs

In the second innings, India replied with 256. Gundappa Viswanath again played a useful innings of 46 but it was Anshuman Gaekwad who stole the limelight with a masterly knock of 81. Remember, Gaekwad was playing only his second match at that time. India set a target of 254 runs for the West Indies. West Indies were bowled out for 154. India won that match by 100 runs.

It is Australia who have to bat in the fourth innings

I am not trying to suggest that the Sydney Test will take the same course of that Madras Test. What I am suggesting is that India need not resign to the fact of its defeat in this Test. If it can restrict Australia to something around 220, it still has a chance in this match. It depends on the Indian bowlers tomorrow morning on the second day. If Zaheer Khan strikes vital blows and Ashwin follows it up by chipping with his contribution, India can bundle out Australia for a low score. India has another advantage in that it is Australia who has to bat on the fourth innings on this turning track in Sydney Cricket Ground.

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