Tests: How has Team India fared in 2012?

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 15:44 [IST]
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Bangalore, Nov 26: After a humiliating loss against England in the second Test of the series, Team India need to focus on all the three areas of the game, as they were totally outplayed by their opponents at Wankhede.

A quick look at the team's batting performance in the calendar year, which suggests that only Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli have been consistent, while others have not been able to contribute more.

Tests: How has Team India fared in 2012?

Moreover only three cricketers including Pujara, Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag have registered a ton each in 2012.

Apart from Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag, none of the Indian cricketers have registered a century in Tests this year.

Sehwag averages 33.3 in Tests this year, as he has scored 433 runs off 7 matches, with a highest score of 117.

Virat Kohli on the other hand has secured 560 runs off 13 innings (7 matches) at an average of over 50 which includes two centuries and three half centuries this year.

Gautam Gambhir, who has also been struggling to strike form, made a valiant 65 against England in the second innings as he had registered scores of 45, 4 and 65 in the two Test matches against England.

The left-hander has secured 337 runs off 7 matches (12 innings) at an average of 28.08, this year.

MS Dhoni, has failed to live up to the expectations as he is placed fifth in the list of India's top run-scorers in 2012, as he has secured 296 runs off 10 innings (6 matches) with a highest score of 73.

Sachin Tendulkar's performance is also disappointing, as he has secured a mere 274 runs off 12 innings in 2012 with a highest score of 80 this year at an average of 22.83.

With the team struggling to play England spinners at Wankhede, and Dhoni insisting on yet another spin track at Kolkata, it is time for Team India to focus on basics, in order to perform better in the remaining Tests against England, and prepare well for the Test series against Australia next year.


Story first published:  Monday, November 26, 2012, 15:53 [IST]
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