In a dismal display, India couldn’t even achieve the one thing that might have sent them to Perth on a positive note; a century of international hundreds for Sachin Tendulkar.
As the hoopla over the tour to Australia — which was touted as the ‘Battle Royale’, a fight for ascendancy and honor, a reiteration of our grit, and all the rest — fizzles out with India going 2-0 down we seem to be missing a far more intriging point. Aakash Chopra
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Within hours of India's sixth consecutive loss away from home that indicated its disturbing slide in the Test arena, the Indian Board announced the IPL schedule for the year. Pradeep Magazine
Nobody understands this better than a sportsman — the challenge to fail and then thrive. To stomach the taunts, stand the brick bats and still continue to push through the patch is no mean feat. Aakash Chopra writes.
India have a lot to ponder after the first two Tests in Australia. It's not the loss but the manner in which they have been outplayed that will be of concern. Indian cricket has taken a lot of pride in its performance overseas in the last 10 years, but the fear I have now is, have we taken a huge step backward? Sourav Ganguly
I know, back home in India, there is talk about VVS Laxman's form and his usefulness to this current Indian team. My vote, however, will go to the stylish middle-order batsman. He is a class act and has tormented the Australian bowlers many a time. Mark Waugh
For India, to pull one back, they will have to fight the mental battle. It's very easy to lose confidence when you lose six overseas games in a row, but the Indians must remember that it cannot get worse. Sourav Ganguly
The important thing in Perth is to loop the ball and give it a fair toss, former Australian cricketer Tony Mann tells HT
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Warner's ton stands out as it was scored against an international attack. Ian Chappell
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New players, steady influx of fresh talent, tough decisions and an overhaul of selection policy. Sourav Ganguly
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Batting, which is India's strength, has been the main cause of their debacle overseas. Losing seven away Tests in a row, the famed batting line-up has been found wanting, and it's a serious issue. Mark Waugh
In sport, there are losses and shattering defeats; India suffered the latter at the WACA and it should prompt some dramatic action. Ian Chappell
An ugly duckling among swans, the opener finished with more runs than many of his stylish compatriots, Rohit Bhaskar writes.
Adelaide is traditionally a good batting pitch and with the temperature being on the higher side of the 30's, the pitch will get drier. That's Mark Waugh
It was another ordinary batting performance from India, this time on a good batting surface. The batsmen have struggled right through the series, and this must be a worrying thing for the players. Sourav Ganguly