Ind vs Aus: India’s newest talent fails to deliver at the big stage

India's experimental side is proving to be no match against world champions Australia in the ODIs.

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata | Updated: January 17, 2016 8:48 pm
Ind vs Aus, India vs Australia, Ind vs Aus 2016, Australia vs India, Aus vs Ind, India Australia, india cricket, cricket india, indian cricket team, cricket news, cricket The youngsters in the Indian team have failed to make a mark in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. (Source: Reuters)

Maybe, even the national selectors didn’t give too much importance to the ODI leg of the ongoing limited-overs series in Australia. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have sent such a lightweight squad to face the world champions. With T20 being the flavour of the first quarter of the year – World T20 begins in less than two months – the Sandeep Patil-led panel picked an experimental side for the 50-over games. Suresh Raina was dropped and Yuvraj Singh, Amit Mishra, Harbhajan Singh and Varun Aaron had been overlooked. Gurkeerat Singh, Manish Pandey, Rishi Dhawan and Barinder Sran got the nod instead. Three of them played at the MCG on Sunday with Gurkeerat and Dhawan making their ODI debuts, while Sran featuring in his third match at this level. The youngsters badly let India down with their performance and game awareness. (REPORT: Maxwell shines as Australia win series)

The visitors once again batted first and were on 243/3 after 44.2 overs, when MS Dhoni came to the crease. It was kitchen sink time and the skipper started to fire on all cylinders.

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James Faulkner was whipped over the deep mid-wicket for a flat six. One ball later, Dhoni smote the left-arm seamer past extra cover for a boundary. It was so refreshing to see him regain his attacking mojo. He had become a grafter of late.

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From India’s point of view it was imperative that Dhoni took most of the strike during that phase, especially after Virat Kohli’s departure. The latter became the fastest man to reach 7,000 runs and 24 tons in this format of the game on his way to a run-a-ball 117. He nicely set things up for his captain to go full throttle at the death. Unfortunately, Dhoni barely got a chance to bat. Gurkeerat made a futile attempt to hit everything out of sight rather than just putting bat on the ball and helping Dhoni do the needful. It was poor cricket from the 25-year-old who has had been with the team since the home ODIs against South Africa.

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Rishi committed the same error in the last over, getting oblivious to Ravindra Jadeja’s presence at the other end and deciding to go for glory. India could manage only seven runs in the final eight (one wide) deliveries of their essay.

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Gurkeerat and Rishi bowled 11 overs between them during Australia’s chase, giving away 60 runs without a wicket. They never looked like taking one. The former dropped a sitter to allow Aaron Finch a reprieve when he was on 20. They have been selected to play for India on the heels of an impressive domestic season. But Gurkeerat and Dhawan, and also Sran, still have a long way to go to meet the international standards. In hindsight, it was a wrong decision not to include Axar Patel in the playing XI.

Unlike the first two matches, the hosts were put under pressure this time as India dismissed George Bailey, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade in the middle-overs. At 215/6 after 38.1, it was anybody’s game. But Glenn Maxwell played a brilliant hand to secure an unassailable 3-0 lead for his side. India’s bowling, except Jadeja, was once again inconsistent. Fielding at times was patchy. Direct hits remained elusive. A lightweight unit was done in by Australia’s depth.

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  1. k4329
    Jan 17, 2016 at 5:37 pm
    newest talent is garbage.
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      rajesh indian
      Jan 19, 2016 at 7:02 am
      The seniors like yuvraj, Harbhajan Raina ,were dropped because they were not doing much either, you cannot keep players in the eleven based on past performances alone.These guys were given enough chances before being dropped. The youngsters like Sran, Pandey , Mann, and Rishi have just got one or two chances, you cannot judge them so soon I feel they have talent and will bloom if given sufficient chances.
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        rajan luthra
        Jan 17, 2016 at 2:18 pm
        No point being judgmental on youngsters' performance so soon. They need to be persisted with for giving them confidence of playing in internationals. The performance of the team is lackadaisical. Results are no surprise. Ashwin has failed to deliver despite experience. Individual performances don't matter when the team doesn't click together.
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          Sagar Borah
          Jan 17, 2016 at 2:09 pm
          These Indian team are tigers only in home conditions , otherwise what to expect of them
          1. Vineet Murli
            Jan 18, 2016 at 10:00 am
            It's all the difference in the work ethics culture displa by the teams,if you work on that everything will fall in place.The body language of the players (Dhavan ,Umesh) itself can give you signals.They know the country doesn't have good bench strength for replacement,so they don't really fight for the place in side. Dhavan when he bats he plays as if he is doing some big favour.If I would have been there I would not let him play for next 5 years.Too much politics in the side also doesn't help. Why is Uthappa or Gambhir in the side,where is RP Singh and Pravin Kumar ,we are lacking right balance of light and left hand players,the bowling team find it difficult to change the line and length.All s heard only by deaf walls for the ears but no action...very disappointed.
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