Sydney, Jan 6: Seems wierd as the Test is already over? There is a reason for the question to be raised. Do you think, Team India will plan for a day off on the supposedly 'Day 5' of the Sydney Test or have an extended practice session following the humiliating loss to Australia by an innings and 68 runs.
With the next Test match scheduled to start on Jan 13, next Friday, the Team has a few days of time to chill out. Guess, they can chill out and forget the loss while its difficult for the cricketing fraternity and fans to forget this humiliating loss which marks the sixth consecutive loss in away Tests under Dhoni's captaincy.
Whether they rejuvenate from this much needed break as they have to forget the way they batted in the first innings and bowled in this series remains to be seen.
Lets look at the reasons why cricketers would like to forget this Test match and enjoy or have fun.
Umesh Yadav would wish he hadn't played this Test instead, as he recorded his worst bowling figures ever in this Test match, while Virat Kohli would like to forget both the finger-gate episode and his dismal show in the Test series so far.
Its indeed the same with the veterans, while Sachin Tendulkar though amongst runs, he is unable to get the 'gorilla out of his back', according to Ravi Shastri meaning the nervousness that is stopping him from achieving the historic feat.
'The Wall' Rahul Dravid seems to have lost that midas touch, the highest run-scorer in 2011 suddenly appears to have lost in his own world. Known for his defensive approach, usually the distance between his bat and pad used to be 'intact' now, it seems to be increasing every innings.
VVS Laxman, who is no longer going to torment the Aussie bowlers, would rather wish he could repeat the one he did in Eden Gardens, his career best 281, or the one at Sydney in 2003-04 where he scored 178, while its the same with Virender Sehwag. Guess, he needs to watch a couple of videos of his own batting to get some inspiration so that he can at least add a few runs to his kitty.
While Very Very Special innings of Laxman holds good only for his career best 281 against Aussies, Sehwag would just remember his 195 against Aussies in Melbourne.
Both the batsmen would like to forget the first two Tests for various reasons as Dhoni & Co. have been crushed by Kangaroos in Melbourne and Sydney.
Ofcourse, Ishant and Zaheer seem to be in a better position as they have bowled pretty well though cannot be content with that performance would like to go fresh on Jan 13 as they play Aussies in Perth.
Ashwin too can just console himself as he atleast contributed with the bat though he was ineffective with the ball. The newly married rookie can afford to spend some time with his spouse as he also wishes to forget the two Test matches, which pose a threat to his wicket taking abilities.
Gautam Gambhir is the only person to feel good about this Test as he is back amongst runs. His footwork is back, stroke-play reflecting confidence which is quite encouraging would like to spend some time off the field to forget the humiliating loss and learn lessons from these two Tests.
Most importantly, the captain would wish he never toured Australia as he has been targeted every time he is on off for an away series especially after a disastrous tour of England where India lost 0-4 and it looks like history might repeat in Australia as India are already 0-2 down in the four match series.
Lady luck is not favouring captain cool MS Dhoni this time around, which has been evident with the Team's performance in the first two Test matches. Dhoni, too like other batsmen has not been in great form which adds to the bitterness of the defeat. People would have appreciated if he had scored a century or even a half century in the second innings rather than the first! This is not the first time, he has done the same in the past too.
Now, with all the recent developments, criticisms for setting up a defensive field, batting and bowling woes, need for changes in the team for the next Test match, don't you think, this poor guy also needs some time off the field to chill out and relax?
On the contrary we are also providing the places to visit in Sydney, as this is just an attempt to help them find good places as they get rejuvenated and play well, try to win at least one Test match in the remaining two Tests.
The Team can take a day tour to these places Spectacular Darling Harbour, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Chinatown, Opera House, The Rock's - Sydney's birthplace, Conservatorium of Music, Hyde Park, St James Cathedral, St Marys Cathedral, Visit Mrs Macquaries Chair - to get superb views of the harbour and city skyline.
The other places to visit in Sydney include Royal Australian Naval Base at Garden Island, Kings Cross - Sydney's 'hot spot', Exclusive Double Bay and Vaucluse, The Gap - stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Heads, visit Bondi Beach - Australia's most famous surf beach Historic and trendy Paddington Sydney Tower.
Hope, the Indian Team gets refreshed in due course and stage a fight back in the third Test at Perth starting on Jan 13, else we might have to remind them of places to visit in Perth as well!