Perth, Jan 13: India are on the brink of suffering another huge loss at Perth against Australia as Indian batting order collapsed on Day 1 of the third Test at Perth.
India have lost six consecutive matches overseas and are on the verge of losing another Test against Australia and may face a second straight series whitewash overseas.
India trail 2-0 in the ongoing Test series against the Aussies but hopes of a comeback looks blur as India lost by 121 runs in the opening Test at Melbourne and by an innings and 68 runs in the second Test at Sydney.
India's 'Big 3' namely Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have not proved their worth despite being the best batsmen in the world. Considering their previous records against the Aussies the ongoing Test series has been a struggle especially for Dravid and Laxman and the team as a whole.
Sachin Tendulkar has been in the headlines for missing the historic 100th ton even on this tour as he got out for 15 runs on Day 1 of the third Test. Its been 19 innings since he scored his last Test century. Tendulkar has scored 241 runs in five innings this tour Down Under earning him the highest scorer in the Indian batting line-up.
'The Wall' Rahul Dravid looked solid in the opening Test at Mebourne scoring 68 runs. The second highest scorer in Test cricket history has been out bowled in the last seven of his ten innings. On most occasions, he played outside the line of the delivery and left a gap between his bat and pad. The best stroke player in the world has managed to score 121 runs in this tour as Australia aim for a 'whitewash'
VVS Laxman is playing his worst ever series against the Aussies scoring 31 runs before being dismissed by Peter Siddle on Day 1 of the third Test in Perth. Laxman's 281 runs, a career best against the Aussies at Eden Gardens in 2001 has shown his dominance over the decade in Test cricket but this could his last tour Down Under which has proved disastrous to Laxman scoring 102 runs in five innings.
There could be several reasons for the downfall of the 'Big 3', it could be age factor, pressure to perform, rumours by media and many more. Probably their last tour down under, they seem to lack in confidence or winning spirit. Losing by a bigger margin in the second Test while comparing to the first, the worst is yet to come for team India in the ongoing third Test in Perth.
Opening pair Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have had decent starts this tour but have not proved their actual worth with Sehwag scoring a highest 83 runs and Gambhir managing 80 runs.
Middle order batsman Virat Kohli and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have failed once again to steady India's innings and avoid a humiliating defeat.
Overall the Aussies look the stronger side despite missing the likes of Shane Warne and Glen McGrath. Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey have found their feet by scoring centuries in the second Test at Sydney. Aussie Captain Michael Clarke is proving to be another successful skipper leading them to victory with a triple century at Sydney.
Young and inexperienced Australian pace attack have made it difficult for Indian batsmen by dismissing them in a single day's play on two occasions. Aussies once again showed thier unbeatable at home as India's chances to secure their first ever Test series victory faded away with a humiliating defeat in Sydney.
The third Test at Perth is India's last chance to draw the series or face a whitewash for the second consecutive time overseas. Dhoni and his men go into second day of the third Test with the Aussies still trailing by 12 runs but with 10 wickets in hand. David Warner's unbeaten 104 off 80 balls which is the joint fourth highest Test century.
As the series has gone Australia's way, can team India's attack comeback hard on Day 2 of the third test?