5 Reasons Behind India’s Loss to Australia in Brisbane

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 | 0

Australia vs India 2014-15: India continued their disappointing run in foreign conditions as they succumbed to their second successive thrashing from the hands of Australia in the ongoing 4-match Test series Down Under. Here, we take a look at the 5 reasons behind India’s loss…


At 25, Steve Smith not only became one of the youngest Australian Test captains, but also exhibited sheer maturity to smash a fluent century (133) in the first innings of the match. His 148-run partnership with occasional batsman, Mitchell Johnson, proved to be a turning point of the game. Albeit he was unlucky to get run-out in the second essay, his first innings’ heroics were enough to guide the hosts to a comprehensive triumph. With his captaincy career off to a winning start, Smith ticked all boxes to snatch the game away from India.


India’s performance with the bat was substandard. One may call it misfiring, others may call it inconsistent. Except opener Murali Vijay, who hit a commendable ton in the first innings, the visitors were incessantly pestered on the lively Australian conditions, which are poles apart from where they are acclimatized to play (sub-continental conditions). India’s leading batsman, Virat Kohli, couldn’t repeat his first Test gallant. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma also had no answer to the red ball bouncing off the energetic pitches. Despite a half-century in the second innings, even Shikhar Dhawan looked rusty. Skipper MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane could not save their team from drowning to a 2-0 deficit as well.


Slip cordon has always been a cause of concern for India ever since 2011, when all the veterans – including Rahul Dravid – hung their boots up. Be it Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, or Ravichandran Ashwin, every fielder has dropped a few catches in this field position. Suresh Raina, who has an impressive conversion rate of 100 per cent, taking all the 8 catches so far since 2011, is yet to be included in the playing XI.


One of the biggest reasons behind India’s loss in this match was Australia’s tail-enders, who amassed 258 runs in their first innings. The hosts recovered from 247-6 to score 508 runs, thanks to Mitchell Johnson (88), Mitchell Starc (52), Nathan Lyon (23) and Josh Hazlewood (32). The Indian bowling unit that comprised of Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, and Ravichandran Ashwin.


India’s premier spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, was included in the second Test after Australia’s off-spinner, Nathan Lyon, grabbed 12 scalps in the first Test. The visitors had high hopes from the Indian offie, who eventually failed to live up to the expectations. Despite bowling a tight line that forced the Australians to defend most of his balls off the front foot, Ashwin was ineffective when it came to taking wickets. He took 2 wickets for 128 runs in the first innings, but was deprived of an opportunity to bowl in the second essay. Meanwhile, Ashwin’s Australia counterpart, Lyon, got the better of him by taking 5 wickets in the match.

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