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Adelaide Test

Before the Adelaide Test began there was hope and expectation that India may win the Test and draw the series. When India scored 526 there was hope that India could impose follow on. That did not happen. Australia scored 563. R. P. Singh was injured. Harbhajan Singh did not get any wicket. India had a bad start in the second innings. Irfan Pathan was out on zero. Virender Sehwag batted well and scored 151. Rahul Dravid was retired hurt. Sourav Ganguly, V. V. S. Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar did not score much. There was no motivation for Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and V. V. S. Laxman to do well as they were not included in the ODI and 2020 team. India declared the innings at 269/7 and it was decided by both captains to call off the match. India should have declared early and tried to win the Test.

The trophy for India –Australia series is Border – Gavaskar Trophy. Gavaskar was present and was not called to present the trophy. Sunil Gavaskar had stood up for India and had criticize Mike Procter and umpires. Many years ago Sandeep Patil was running a cricket tournament named after Sunil Gavaskar. When Sandeep Patil criticized Sunil Gavaskar for some reason Sunil Gavaskar had asked Sandeep Patil not to use his name for the tournament. Sunil Gavaskar should ask BCCI and Cricket Australia to delink his name from the trophy.

Harbhajan Singh’s trial followed the Test. He was cleared of racism and found guilty of abusive language. Australian media is not happy with it. They blamed Cricket Australia for succumbing to pressure from BCCI. Indian media should question why Harbhajan Singh had to be fined when Andrew Symonds started it and why Brad Hogg was let of by Anil Kumble without pressing charge of abusive language.

I hope next time when India visits Australia it wins the Test series. I am happy that India did not lose the series 0-4.

Updated: July 4, 2014 — 8:24 pm

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