Grim forecast for Team India from cricket pundits
Wasim Akram's pre-series prediction of India conceding a 2-0 lead to Australia has already come true and the former Pakistan player says he won't be surprised if Australia clinch the next two in Perth and Adelaide to win 4-0.Updated: Jan 09, 2012 13:24 IST
Bouncy deck at the WACA stadium, a reinvigorated Australian pace attack and a stumbling Indian side have given the cricket pundits a great topic to debate - Will India avoid a seventh straight away Test loss at Perth?
According to an expert, for a side that was World No.1 in Tests some months back, India have been surprisingly out of sorts against Australia.
As the action heads to Perth from this Friday, the focus will be on the bowlers as much as the batsmen and the man under most scrutiny will be India's skipper MS Dhoni and his men.
Some cricket experts foresee a torrid time for Indian batsmen at the dreaded pitch as they feel the dominant hosts will unleash an all-pace attack in the third Test starting on Friday.
Let's have a look at some of the comments by experts -
'Tough time for India'
Former Australian opener and WACA CEO Graeme Wood foresees a torrid time for Indian batsmen at the dreaded pitch as he feels the dominant hosts will unleash an all-pace attack in the third Test.
"Australia would be thinking about that (to play four fast bowlers). I would be surprised if they don't field four pace bowlers in this Test," said Wood.
The former player said the pace and bounce at WACA is usually unnerving for the visiting batsmen.
"I remember Sunny Gavaskar once telling me that it would be crazy for the first three (in the line-up) to play a Test in WACA. It has stuck in my mind for it can be hard work if you are batting in the first three at this venue."
'0-4 rout for India Down Under'
Akram's pre-series prediction of India conceding a 2-0 lead to Australia has already come true and Akram says he won't be surprised if Australia clinch the next two in Perth and Adelaide to win 4-0.
"Winning matters, but to win overseas is the real thing. India does well in their backyard but are found wanting when they play on foreign pitches," Akram said.
The innings defeat at Sydney was India's sixth successive Test loss overseas. Akram said there is something seriously wrong in planning and execution.
Akram feels India's inability to match Australia's aggression has been disappointing.
'Why no practice games in between Tests'
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has also come down hard on Indian cricketers, who had skipped practice sessions during the ongoing Test series against Australia, saying they have not gone there for "sightseeing but to play cricket".
Gavaskar was critical of some of the Indian players' "attitude" towards practice, which he said was one of the reasons for the visitors' humiliating losses in the first two Tests of the four-match series.
"Why don't they do practice after match. I don't know what is the attitude of the players. While on tour they should practice, practice and practice to have in proper frame of mind to be competitive. Why nobody is asking questions? These questions should be asked," he said.
'Interesting to see how India bat at Perth'
Australia coach Mickey Arthur says it will be interesting to see how India bat on a bouncy wicket at Perth after struggling on a batting-friendly deck at Sydney.
When asked about India being a team of individuals, Arthur said: "I would never say that. They are the World Cup holders. Not very long ago, they held the number one slot in Tests. I would never ever say they are a team of individuals. They have really good individual players and lately they have played as a team and have had some success as a side."
However, Dhoni had hoped for a turnaround against Australia in Perth.
First Published: Jan 09, 2012 13:18 IST