Sydney, Jan 4: To put it in the mildest way, India is just not doing well in the Australia series. Already 0-1 down in the series, India is fearing another defeat which seems to be inevitable at SCG, as Aussies have already got a first innings lead of 291. Sydney Cricket Ground was supposedly India"s favourite batting ground as many players especially Laxman and Tendulkar have great records here at SCG.
In 2004, Sachin had got a double century in the first innings and remained unbeaten on 60 in the second innings, while VVS Laxman too had scored 178 on this ground, Rahul Dravid too remained unbeaten on 91* as the match headed towards a draw. This being VVS Laxman's favorite ground, needless to say how much his failure at SCG would have hurt him.
This time around, though it was earlier considered as one of the successful venues, it has been disastrous for India. With Gautam Gambhir, VVS Laxman, Kohli not performing India seems to be playing with 8 players in this series. The ones who were performing consistently like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have also struggled to score runs in the current series.
After the first Test in Melbourne, we saw photos of our Indian players with their wives. Performance seems to have completely come down in the series Down Under. Now, the question is 'are the better halves distracting the boys down under?
In the past, Pakistan Cricket Board and England Cricket Board had asked the wives and girl friends to come back to the home country as their teams were not performing well while a few countries had banned the idea of wives accompanying cricketers on overseas tours.
Now, since India is also facing a similar situation, Should BCCI call back the wives and send moms to motivate the boys and get them back on track? Can India do such a thing? Why not? After all BCCI is the most powerful cricket board in the world!