Former Indian keeper-batsman Parthiv Patel joined the list of cricketers dishing out criticism on India’s batting performance on the third day of the first Test in Adelaide against Australia. Australian bowlers shot India for an embarrassing total of 36, which is their lowest total in Test cricket. Parthiv Patel underlined that it was India’s most shameful performance in the longest format.
India entered the day with a handy 53-run lead on day three and had to bat for the best part of the day to push for the win. The tourists went ahead by 53 runs by bowling out Australia for 191 after managing 244 in the first innings. Even though India lost Pat Cummins late on the second day, the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli were competent enough to bat out and make a big score.
Parthiv Patel commented that India had put up a competitve total in the first innings and that getting to 244 was an outstanding effort on this pitch. While the retired cricketer acknowledges that the Australian bowlers could have bowled well or crafted a sensational spell; however, a total of 36 is not justified.
“India had batted well in the first innings. Posting 250 runs on this tough wicket was a good effort. India bowled well as well in the first innings. But there is no excuse to get all out for 36. We will say that this player bowled sensationally well or he bowled a superb spell. Even then how would you justify a total of 36,” Parthiv Patel told Cricbuzz.
Someone needed to put their hands down: Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel pointed out that India surpassed their previous lowest total of 42, scored in 1974 at Lord’s. The 35-year old labelled it as India’s most shameful performance and that there exists no explanation for the same. He added that at least one batsman needed to put their hands up and continue to bat.
“This score of is India’s lowest total in a Test innings, and their previous lowest of 43 was in 1974, it was a long time ago. This, I would say, is India’s most shameful performance. Even if you try to criticise it, or analyse it, you cannot give an explanation for this. Someone needed to put their hands down, and raised their hands and continued to bat,” he added.