Time for Virat to fire, douse Oz flame
The mental games Virat Kohli has been subjected to in this series are his own doing. No one since Sachin Tendulkar has dominated Australia with such authority in recent times, and hence the visitors have every right to feel jubilated at not letting Kohli run away with the series.
Look at the flipside to this situation though. With kohli courting so much attentionfrom the visitors and their media, the rest of the India team has been allowed to breathe easy and go about their job. KL Rahul has been consistent as while Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara finally flourished together in Bangalore.
Five Thinks To Watch Out For In Ranchi Test
THE PITCH ISSUE
Probably the biggest my stery going into this Test. It looks mottled. The areas near the popping crease look worrying bare. The curator, too has not been most confident about his baby amid talk that the Ranchi pitch might play to its reputation a slow low turner that could last fives days.
ANOTHER CRUCIAL TOSS
In Pune Australia won the toss batted first and won by a landslide margin.In Bangalore India won the toss and won by 75 runs. Given the state of pitches offered so far batting first should be the key. If things go in a similar fashion winning the toss will become crucial in the Test.
Much has been said and written about the way both teams have interpreted the DRS rules and implemented them on field. Australia captain Steve Smith was heavily criticised for his ‘brain fade’ but let’s not forget how miserable India looked with some of their ridiculous reviews
THIRED SPINNER FOR INDIA
Going by Virat Kohli’s captaincy, change is the only constant in his life, especially when it comes to announcing the playing Xi for a Test. He is also a big fan of the ‘six batsmen-five bowlers’ combination despite winning with four bowlers in Bangalore.
Abhinav Mukund is not having the best of time the bat. Neither is he comfortable at short-leg. But he is not the only one to be dropping catches at close in positions. At 1-1 India can not afford to drop any more catches.from here on India need to convert even the half-chances if they want to win.