Dinesh Karthik opines on ‘glaringly obvious’ problem for Team India
By SMCS - Mar 5, 2023 8:44 am
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India’s winning streak in Tests at home came to an end on Friday as they faced a nine-wicket loss to Australia. India ended up posting a target of 76 in the second innings, which Australia chased down with ease. And, veteran India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik has said that this defeat brings to light the fact that India’s top and the middle order has failed miserably.

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Australia defeated India

“We cannot hide from the fact that India’s top 7 haven’t got the scores that they would like. We are talking about consistent collapses. Is batting difficult on this pit? Most definitely. But as a team they have chosen to play on these pitches which means they need to back themselves on them. They are capable of it, a lot of the players in isolation have probably played on tougher pitches and succeeded but playing international cricket is a different ball game,” said Dinesh Karthik on Cricbuzz.

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“When you get out a couple of times there are so many doubts that come, the confidence gets low. And then, to go out there and still back yourself just to play those big shots to get away from pressure can be really hard. I completely empathise with the Indian batters, it is hard work, but that is what Test cricket is,” he again said.

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Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne took Australia over the line

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“They will accept that a large part of it has been camouflaged by two things – the lower order contributions and the fact that India have won both those matches. If you rewind and go to the Bangladesh series, there also they struggled against spinners but it was camouflaged by India winning those matches and the lower order contributions. But when you lose a match, it is glaringly obvious, it is right in your face and people will speak about it and they are right in doing it. It has happened consistently over a period of time and the question will arise, how is it that team India is consistently backing these players but they are not producing the scores that is required,” concluded Dinesh Karthik.