Can India salvage pride in Adelaide?

Written by: Shuchi Sridhar
Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 13:43 [IST]
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Can India end losing streak in Adelaide?

Bangalore, Jan 19: Indian cricket team is undergoing a torrid time as it has witnessed a historic low this season, after repeated failures in overseas Tests. Now, India has got a final chance to salvage pride at Adelaide, after three humiliating losses to Australia in the four-match Test series. Considering the current scenario, here are five suggestions that can be incorporated to avoid a whitewash in Adelaide Test starting on January 24, 2012.

Indian batting line-up, considered to be the best in the world, has failed time and again on bouncy tracks suggesting a need for a few changes in the batting order. Starting from openers, entire line-up is struggling to score runs.

Since the openers haven't had a good run so far in the series, chances of Rahul Dravid accompanying one of the openers is more, creating more pressure on the batsman walking in at No 3.

So first and foremost, Team India needs to give Dravid some breathing space, allow him to settle down, as he is currently struggling to score runs, while Virat Kohli can be promoted up the order. The talented youngster, future prospect of the Indian team will act as cover for Dravid.

Since the match will be played at Adelaide, there are more chances of scoring big as we have seen that in previous tours. India had won the Test in 2003-04 while the next time they toured Australia in 2007-08, Team India drew a Test at Adelaide.

These can definitely inspire the players and boost the current team as they just need some extra practice and get the basics right as they take to the field for one last time in the series at Adelaide next Tuesday.

India should shed all inhibitions and play their natural game and be very positive in Adelaide, as they are on the verge of facing yet another whitewash after the disastrous tour of England last year.

The fourth suggestion would be to select Rohit Sharma for the Adelaide Test and rest Laxman, as he has not been among runs. Though this idea doesn't interest the team management, as they would go with the tested and tried format without making any changes.

Rohit Sharma, awaiting his Test debut, has had a great ODI season last year and can deliver the goods for the struggling Indian team. There is a need to push youngsters and groom them as the time has come to think about the future of Indian cricket after seniors' retirement.

Finally, India can opt for two pacers and two spinners, since its facing issues with slow over-rate. This move will help India as they might finish the stipulated overs on time and moreover since Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha are India's future prospects, they need to be groomed too. This will also give the youngsters a chance to try their luck at Adelaide one last time in this series.

With these changes, if not all, at least incorporating a few can definitely change the scenario as they can aim for a victory to end the series on a high after a dismal show in the first three matches. All said and done, can we expect a better result at Adelaide?


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