IND vs AUS: ‘Unmitigated disaster’, says Bishan Bedi after India’s horror show.
India faced the ignominy of being restricted to 36/9 in their second innings of the opening Test of India vs Aus; on Saturday. Incidentally, it happened to be India’s lowest-ever Test score in their cricketing history, beating the previous lowest of 42, set in 1974 against England at Lord’s.
Recording the lowest score in a match of Ind vs Aus, this was also the first time in India’s Test cricket history and the second overall that no batsman got into double figures — Mayank Agarwal top-scoring with 9 runs. Josh Hazlewood took his eighth five-wicket haul in Tests while Pat Cummins took four as the Indian batting crumbled in the first session on Day 3. Australia went on to beat India by 8 wickets within three days to take a 1-0 series lead in the four-match series.
India legendary Indian captain Bishan Singh Bedi into a frenzy following India’s batting collapse, with what had transpired in Adelaide in a first match of the test series.
Ind vs Aus: it was an ‘unmitigated disaster’
India being bowled out for 36 runs against Australia and losing the first Test by eight wickets was an “unmitigated disaster”, said former India captain
Bishan Singh Bedi, and gave all credit to the home bowlers for the superb performance. At the same time, he pointed out that the Indians did not throw away their wickets, and that they were out to unplayable balls in the absence of a “tight defence”.
“This is an unmitigated disaster, 36 all out — absolutely. This can’t be explained. Every good ball got a wicket. Mind you, the Indians did not throw away their wickets. They were edging the ball, and it was carrying. This is one of those things in cricket that can happen. And it has happened. You’ve got to accept it,” Bedi told IANS
“My sympathies are with the Indian team. But the Australians really dominated and dwarfed the Indian batting line-up. They surprised the Indians by bowling up (closer to batsmen), and the ball was moving a little bit. They didn’t bowl short,” he observed.
Ind vs Aus, after taking a 53-run first-innings lead, faltered and were all out for 36 – the joint fourth lowest score in 2,396 Test matches played over 142 years – ‘beating’ their own 42 all out against England in 1974 at Lord’s, London. Australia won the first Test by eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
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Bedi, 74, praised the Aussie bowlers for exploiting the conditions on the third morning of the match.
Sensations and stars of the second inning, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins captured five and four wickets respectively as India capitulated.
“You’ve got to give credit to the Australians for bowling a very tight line and bowling up. The Australians bowled well, and all good balls bowled took wickets. A majority of our boys were found wanting against the moving ball. Particularly, when you don’t get a good opening stand you are always struggling,” said the illustrious left-arm spinner.
Ind vs Aus: Bedi is not impressed with the schedule
India’s tour schedule comprised the 50-over ODI series first and then the T20, followed by the Test series and then illustrious spinner does not like the follow-up of the series.
“It’s very hypothetical. But, ideally, they should have played T20 matches first, 50-over ODIs, and then Test matches. But even in T20 and ODIs India’s performance wasn’t too encouraging, but it was alright,” Bedi said on the schedule of Ind vs Aus.
Ind vs Aus: Team will bounce back, says Kohli
While Indian captain Virat Kohli says lack of intent and dropped catches led to India horror show in Adelaide test.
“I think the way we batted allowed them to look more potent than they were in the morning, to be honest.”
Kohli will take no further part in the series of Ind vs Aus, as he takes leave for the birth of his first child, but he said he was confident the team will bounce back in his absence.
“I would have definitely loved to win this game because leaving with a victory would have been great,” Kohli said. “Having said that this is Test cricket, and anything can happen at any stage. I’m pretty confident that the team will bounce back strongly in Melbourne.”