Former Indian batsman-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has come up with a suggestion for the Indian batsmen in the wake of their horror show in the second inning of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval.
Indian Test batting fell to the lowest point in its storied history as the proud cricketing nation recorded its lowest-ever total [36 all-out] and the fifth-lowest in Test history as Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins came up with one of the greatest-ever displays of Test match bowling.
While Pat Cummins started the riot by sending back nightwatchman Jasprit Bumrah and the two mainstays of Indian batting in Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli, Josh Hazlewood mopped up the rest of the batting-unit by notching up a five-wicket-haul within a space of a mere 25 balls.
The theme of onslaught largely was pitching the ball and get it to seam at a high pace, forcing the Indian batsmen, who were rooted in their crease to either edge it to keeper Tim Paine or the slip-cordon.
It was one of the most perfect displays of fast bowling that one would ever see as everything that the duo dished out found the edges of the Indian batsmen’s bats.
Following the embarrassment that the famed batting-unit suffered, several former cricketers have come up with suggestions as to how the visitors can avoid such a horror show in the rest of the series.
While former captain Dilip Vengsarkar urged the Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI to immediately rush Rahul Dravid to Australia, Sanjay Manjrekar has one simple advice for the beleaguered batting-unit.
According to Manjrekar, Indian batsmen and especially Ajinkya Rahane should practice a ‘million’ bowls thrown at them at fullish and short-length in order to get accustomed to getting fully forward to the latter before rocking right back for anything that is pitched short.
“In this gap, Ind batsmen( Esp Rahane ) must practice just one thing. Get million balls thrown at full & short length, make decisive feet movement. Big stride forward to full balls & right back in the crease to short balls. This is the basic ‘Riyaz’ for defensive Test batting,” Sanjay Manjrekar wrote in a tweet.
The second Test of the four-match Test starts on Boxing Day [December 26] at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground [MCG].