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Complacency, overconfidence or law of averages?


Mumbai : So the much hyped Test series against the Australia has started on a disastrous note for the No 1 Test team, India. Winning and losing is part of the game. But what we did against the spirited Aussies was nothing but a meek surrender and that will haunt the cricket lovers for some time to come.

Even before the Aussies landed on Indian shores, they were termed as the weakest ever team to tour India, even by some ex-India players. Surprisingly, this time Aussies did not pay much attention to what was said and avoided verbal volleys. But, they were here with some purpose, meticulous planning and they executed that to perfection. Practicing on slow pitches of Dubai was part of their game plan and it has worked well at least in the first Test which they won by whooping 333 runs at Pune.

Honestly, it’s hard to believe what has happened in Pune. Were our players complacent; over confident or did the Law of Averages do the trick? Or was the outcome due to a bit of all of these factors?

With the dream run Team India has had since 2012 at home, it is perfectly possible to be complacent, for that matter audacious. Each and every player in the Test team is carrying heavy scores as part of their excess baggage. Karun Nair, who hit a not out triple century, also was not assured and could not find a place for himself in the next Team. But that aura, greatness was very calmly destroyed by unheralded left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe. His 12 wickets in the match were instrumental in the outcome.

Before the first Test, the Aussies played a 3 day match in Mumbai against India A. In that match a young and prolific batsman Karun Nair scored a double century. He was throwing the same spin duo of Lyon and O’Keefe to all parts of the ground at will. May be that made the Vijay’s and Rahul’s a bit over confident. In cricket, it’s said that no matter how great a batsman you are, all you need to get out is just one ball. That too was proved in this match. When the famed and respected Indian batting line up plays only 73 over’s in a Test, what else could be said?

We do not require an expert to say that the Aussie spinners bowled better and batsmen too negotiated the Pune pitch better than us.

The only point is, if it’s just a case of Law of Averages, it’s fine. If not, then we are in trouble. Some big, big trouble.