Australia completes 4-0 whitewash of India win Adelaide Test by 298 runs
Punjab Newsline Network
Saturday, 28 January 2012
By Naresh Kumar Sharma
CHANDIGARH: The rampaging Australian team completed whitewash of India as Aussies humbled India by 298 runs before lunch on the fifth and final day of the fourth Test match played at Adelaide. This was India'†' 's eighth consecutive defeat in the away series after they were pummelled 4-0 by England. India has now slipped to third place but could go down further as Australia beginning to reassert its authority in Test cricket could be climbing and overtaking India soon.
India began the day at 6 for 166 with merely to complete the last rituals of the series. Australia have not to wait long as the first wicket came when nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was caught behind behind off Ryan Harris for 2. The next wicket fell in the form of Wriddhiman Saha (3) also edging behind to be caught by Brad Haddin off Peter Siddle.
Zaheer Khan hit few boundaries but it he was eventually consumed by hard-working Ben Hilfenhaus after he skied a catch to be caught by Warner. Lyon, the Aussie off-spinner ended India'†' 's misery when he had Yadav caught behind by wicket-keeper Haddin with the Indian scorecard reading 201. Lyon picked up 4 for 63 and Harris took 3 for 41 and Man of the Match Siddle, picked up one wicket.
It has been dismal series for Indian batters as VVS Laxman averaged 19.37 for the series, Virender Sehwag averaged 24.75, Rahul Dravid 24.25, Gautam Gambhir 22.62, MS Dhoni 20.40 and Sachin Tendulkar 35.87.It would be interesting to see that Indian selectors will take a call to drop the seniors including Sachin Tendulkar who seems to be becoming more of a liability for the team as his batting looked uninspiring thought the series.
The Indian bowling attack also lacked cutting edge with Zaheer Khan the highest wicket taker getting 15 wickets at 31.80 and Umesh Yadav though took 14 wickets at 39.35 but he has shown enough promise to succeed at the highest level.The lanky paceman Ishant Sharma who is a workhorse but lacks the art of picking wickets finished with disappointing five wickets in the series at 90.20 and Ashwin's nine wickets came at 62.77.
The stand-in Indian skipper Viernder Sehwag said that Australia was a better team. He said that we need to introspect and rebuild our team. He also dismissed reports that senior batters including Rahul Dravid are retiring. He said it was upto the senior to decide about their future.
The Australian skipper, Michael Clarke, said that despite winning the Test series 4-0 and wresting the Border-Gavaskar trophy from India we are overjoyed but there are certain grey areas especially lack of consistency by openers and number three batsman needs huge improvement. He said that we are improving all the time and are working towards our goal of becoming number one side in the world.