It was tea on the third day of the second test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2017. One nil down in the series and…
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The Border-Gavaskar trophy will be making its way back to Australia. However, even with the scoreline reading 0-2, there are a lot of talking points from India’s point of view.
A new captain.
A new number 7 batsman.
A new wicket keeper.
Ishant Sharma is the most capped Indian test player. This is the new team India.
It will be interesting to see how the new “aggressive” team India plays at the SCG. Virat Kohli’s “in-it-to-win-it” attitude in Adelaide was commendable but one has to wonder whether the series would have been different India had been able to draw the first test? Is the Shastri – Kohli combination willing to do anything to win? Will they accept a 3 – 0 scoreline in search of a win? With the history between these two teams, will Kohli cool off on the sledging front?
At the end of the day, this is the attitude that will set up 2015, a World Cup year.
Our team selection for the final test at the Syndey Cricket Ground:
So the test career is over.
No fanfare, no trumpets. No mess, no fuss. To our simple minds, this is just a practical decision from a practical man (or is there something murkier going on behind the scenes?).
We haven’t been particularly happy with Dhoni’s test captaincy in the past. However, rather than dwell on his ultra defensive tactics, his ugly-yet-effective style of batting or his general lack of interest in the test game, we’ve chosen instead to focus on our favourite test match memories of him:
Heartbreak in Adelaide. A morale-sapping loss in Brisbane. Each game lost from a great position.
Two down. Two to go.
Rumours of a spat between Shikhar and Virat.
Bad food, bad umpires, bad nets.
In the mean time, here’s our XI for the all important Boxing Day test match