Indian batsmen let the pitch dominate them
Legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Friday came down heavily on the Indian batsmen for their dismal performance in the third Test against Australia, saying the “pitch dominated their mind”. From the very first ball itself, on a spinner-assisted pitch, the Indian team could score only 109 and 163 runs in both the innings. Australia qualified for the World Test Championship final by winning the match by nine wickets on the third day itself. Gavaskar told Star Sports, “The batsmen really didn’t do justice to their talent.
If you look at the fall of Indian wickets, you will find that Indian batsmen have lost wickets through their own mistakes. He was playing some shots that seemed like he had predicted in advance how the ball would come from the pitch. Apart from Sharma, he has not scored runs in the first two matches. Rohit had scored a brilliant century in Nagpur. When you have less runs in your account, there is some instability in the batting. He let the pitch get the better of him. It was the pitch that really started to cloud his mind in the first innings itself. This effect was more in the second innings.