Cricket Australia definitely did India a big favour

Written by: Sunil Vasudeva
Published: Thursday, February 5, 2004, 12:48 [IST]
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With the two recent One-day matches at Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) ground in Perth and India's performance in those matches, we can say that Cricket Australia did India a big favour by not scheduling a Test Match there in this recent series.

The Indians were thoroughly beaten by the trampoline like bounce on the Perth wicket, whereas the Australians made merry as they romped home to a big win and collected bonus points as well. India's recent record at WACA is not at all flattering having lost all Tests they played there. In the 1991-92 tour when Whitney ran through the Indians with 7-27 in the fourth innings and then they lost both of their Carlton United ODI matches in the 1999-2000 tour at the hands of Pakistan and Australia.

Even though the Indians did win against Zimbabwe, it was a scrappy win not a convincing one. In the 1991-92 tour when India lost to Australia at Perth, none of the Indian pacers could extract anything of troubling proportions against the Aussies. Prabhakar took a five wicket haul in the Australian first innings but at the cost of 100 plus runs. The Aussie bowlers on the other hand ran through India twice in that match largely due to their sheer ability and the usual Indian caving in like a deck of cards.

The Indian pacers just don't have the steam to extract the same dividends from that ground as do the Aussies, Pakistanis, South Africans, etc. Cricket Australia did India an enormous favour by not scheduling a Test match in Perth. That was so kind and thoughtful of them. Had there been a Test scheduled there, the outcome of the recently concluded series could have been vastly different with India on the receiving end.

How is the search for a fast bowler going India? No, not fast-medium, medium-fast, or medium, I am talking about fast (genuinely fast). I am sure unearthing a fast bowler in the billion plus population of India is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.

Is it even a worthwhile venture? Is there such a thing as a genuinely fast Indian bowler? The search could very well go into the next century! Maybe, India can groom spinners who can bowl spinning bouncers since the pace search needs a pacemaker to revive the heart of the venture! Even if India were able to do that (spinners bowling bouncers), the world would soon catch up to that and whack them all over the park. Then what will India do?

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