AUS v IND 2020-21: Michael Hussey weighs in over India’s abysmal batting performance in Adelaide Test

India got bowled out for 36 in the second innings of Adelaide Test.

Indian batsmen were found wanting in the opening Test | GettyTeam India on Saturday (December 19) recorded their lowest ever Test score of 36/9 in terminated second innings of the first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

Despite taking a 53-run first innings lead, India coped an embarrassing 8-wicket defeat in the series opener.

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The visitors were 9 for 1 in the second innings at stumps on Day 2, stretching their lead to 62. But the Australian pacers, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, ran through the Indian batting line-up in the first session on Day 3 to change the course of the game.

Hazlewood (5 for 8) and Cummins (4 for 21) took all the wickets between them as none of them in the Indian batting line-up managed to touch the double-digit mark.

Sharing his two cents on India’s abysmal performance, former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey said the reason behind the failure of visiting batsmen is their lack of footwork.

“Indian batsmen in general don’t like to get that big stride in forward, which sometimes you need to do on Australian pitches. They were sort of getting the half stride forwards. Virat Kohli is probably the exception; he is someone who is very confident with his footwork,” Hussey said on ESPNCricinfo.

“But when the bowlers are getting the ball a lot fuller, and there is not a lot of footwork from the Indian batsmen, that’s where lies the opportunity to get a lot of nicks and that’s what happened,” he added.

In order to succeed in Australian conditions, Hussey said it is important for the batsmen to give themselves time initially.

“In Australian conditions, when the pitches are liveliest, your first 15-20 balls are the most difficult. Once you get through that, then you feel like you can start scoring some runs. But negotiating those first 15-20 balls can be very difficult and if your footwork is not quite right, you’re going to find yourself walking back,” he remarked.

The second Test will be played in Melbourne from December 26.


By Salman Anjum - 21 Dec, 2020

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