Former Australia wicketkeeper, Brad Haddin has made a bold prediction that India will not be able to recover back from the horror in Adelaide, and that the hosts have already won the series. Under Virat Kohli, the Indian team hit rock bottom, entering itself in the hall of shame by recording their lowest ever total in Test cricket as Australian pacers – Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in particular – ran through the entire line-up dismissing them for 36 runs inside 22 overs.
Brad Haddin feels that if there ever was an opportunity for India to win a Test in the 4-match series, it was in Adelaide as the conditions suited their bowling- and more so after taking a lead in the first innings.
He points out that India has a great bowling attack in their victorious campaign down under a couple of years ago.
However, Ishant Sharma was ruled out of this series earlier, and now with Mohammed Shami also ruled out from the next three matches owing to a wrist injury he suffered in the first match, Hadddin strongly believes that India cannot make a comeback in the series as the visitors don’t have depth in their bowling squad- Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Siraj, both are yet to make their Test debut.
“I don’t think they will recover from the loss. I thought their only opportunity to win a Test match was the first Test at Adelaide. I thought the conditions suited their bowling and I thought they’d get enough runs. But I don’t think they’ll be able to turn it around,” Brad Haddin told SEN Radio.
“They had a great bowling attack the last time they come out here, and now with Shami out with a broken arm they don’t have enough depth to cover that,” he said.
The collapse they had has to leave some marks: Brad Haddin
The 2015 World Cup winner asserts that the collapse on Day 3 in Adelaide will leave indelible marks in the dressing room and now with Virat Kohli returning home to attend the birth of his child, it is almost impossible for India to turn things around against the high on confidence Australia.
The 43-year-old maintains that along with Kohli and Shami’s loss, India will be upset with batting performances from some of their players and have plenty to ponder about ahead of the Boxing Day Test.
“The collapse they had has to leave some marks. There were a few performances from the Indian batsmen that will come under scrutiny over the next week. They have a lot of things they’re going to have to tackle over this next week leading into this next Test,” Brad Haddin added.