Sehwag-Gambhir pair has to click for India

Written by: Shuchi Sridhar
Published: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 13:34 [IST]
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Time for Indian openers to fire

After seven humiliating losses on foreign soil, Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir need to do something extraordinary to avoid yet another whitewash at Adelaide on the lines of India's tour of England in 2011.

The way the team plays shows that, there is no killer instinct, no motivattion or there is no urge to win the Test as they show their aggression off the field. The team consisting of 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers could not play for an entire day after being sent to bat on Day 1 in the Perth Test.

Statistics suggest that, Indian batsmen have not got a hundred so far in the four match series. If we talk about 3 Test matches then the number looks very small, if we can add up the number of innings played so far, it will reveal more facts. Indian batting has collapsed six times in the series which doesn't happen everytime.

Its infact the first time, in the history of Indian cricket that we have gone through such a historic low even when we had the best batting line-up in the world. The main problem is with openers, guess its time for Sehwag and Gambhir to fire as they get one final chance to play well in the current four-match Test series against Australia.

Indian openers have not been able to put up a good partnership so far in the series as they have added 22, 17 in the first Test while 0,18 and 4, 24 in the second and third Tests respectively showing the need for a big partnership at the start of the innings. Not a single opening partnership worth 25 runs in the on-going series which adds to India's woes.

Moreover this also suggests that their individual scores are also not that great, as they have just managed to cross the three figure mark.

Sehwag, has added just 118 runs in the last three Test matches while Gambhir, his Delhi team-mate has added slightly more than him, as his tally has reached 144, thanks to one half century in the second Test in Sydney where he scored 83 in the second innings followed by a duck in the first innings.

Of the two, Gambhir can afford to boast a little as he has been successful in atleast scoring one half century though he couldn't convert that into a big one while Sehwag who has been a big let down this series, definitely needs to prove the critics wrong while he takes the field for one last time in this Test series.

Former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad too condemns the openers for their dismal show against Australia as he has said "Viru and Gauti don"t seem to be in Test-cricket mode. If they were, then they"d be focusing on tiring out Peter Siddle & Co. Instead, they seem to be gifting their wickets. An opener"s primary job is to see off the new ball; scoring runs comes later. In our time, we would frustrate the bowlers to such an extent that they"d be forced to bowl on our legs. We"d then pounce on the scoring opportunities."

The collapse of India's most talented batting line-up definitely pains, as the team boasts of the best players in the world. After losing the four match Test series 0-3, India can try and stage a comeback, put up a good fight in Adelaide to salvage its pride.

All these can happen only if the openers fire, as it sets the stage for other batsmen. Can Sehwag and Gambhir play an extraordinary innings and help India salvage pride in Adelaide?


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