31 October, 2020

That Doggone Dust

The bowlers will hold the key, but the Aussies know the subcontinent better now

That Doggone Dust
An India-Australia game, particularly a Test match, almost invariably results in some of the best cricket on view in contemporary times. While our recent record would prove that we are the better team, the Indians have got the better of us in the last two Test series. The Indians always seem to perform above their normal level when they are up against us, which is why the Border-Gavaskar trophy is one of the most important pieces of silverware in cricket. It also is the only one that is not in our cabinet right now. This has only added to our resolve to do well this time round, and while I'm not part of the squad in India just yet, we have discussed this series often enough to know how keen these guys are to cross this final frontier.

The Indian team derives its strength from its formidable batting line-up. The middle order has been the same since 2001, but the openers have changed. Virender Sehwag and Akash Chopra really served their team well in Australia, since they almost always saw off the new ball. We got Chopra early this time, and that partly accounted for the...


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