Come 22nd, the March 2013, Australians are set to face the stiffest competition of Test cricket ever. Yes, Aussies face the ignominy of being whitewashed by MS Dhoni’s India and they’ve to fight by the skin of their teeth to avoid being mauled by a victory margin of 4-0. Indian captain, though, plays down, revenge in sports, set his sights firmly on completing the formalities at Delhi’s Ferozshah Kotla stadium. Indians indeed, vengefully look forward to inflict a heavy defeat on Australia and clean sweep the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Having suffered a 4-0 drubbing, in Kangaroo homeland, Indians have transformed into a determined lot, and were desperate to exact the revenge, when OZ come back to sub-continent for a return series. They are, now on the verge of clean sweeping the series and deal a body blow to OZ’s reputation as the toughest side in the world, in all conditions. Dhoni’s men have been relentless in their assault on Aussies and their spin trio of Ashwin, Jadeja and Ojha are all set to get one final chance to blow out the Aussies, before they wrap up the series 4-0 and set the record straight. Ferozshah Kotla, has traditionally favored spinners and is the one on which legendary leg spinner, Anil Kumble picked 10 out of 10 wickets in an innings against Pakistan. He bested Jim Laker of England in doing so. It is therefore going to be an uphill task for Australia to try and save the game and the prospect of going down 0-4 seems very much on cards.
As if to add insult to injury, Micky Arthur’s antics did not help their side’s cause either. OZ coach did his best in completely demoralizing the ailing party. Mohali is the only venue in India, which assists pacers and Australia could ill-afford internal squabbles, ahead of the match, if they were to pull one back. They needed to stay united and back their seamers to try and save the series. India had already taken an unassailable lead in the series and the OZ needed to gather all their wits to try and stay in the series. But the foolish coach, sabotaged any such plans and his stupid peer reviews, spelt trouble, big time, to Australian unit as a whole. Rumors of simmering differences between Clarke and Watson also rented the air. Watson’s abrupt departure to Australia and his angry reaction to the turn of events also spoiled the mood in the party.
With Shane Watson, James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson, gone, Australia was beaten and beaten soundly inside 4 days by a born-again Indian team. A washed out first day could not even save the demoralized Aussies as the marauding Indians pounded the Kangaroos and kept piling on the agony. The cool as cucumber Indian Captain, MS Dhoni, was there to see his side through, in a final hour win for the hosts.
Whatever, Indians played great cricket while Aussies didn’t. They’ve also been undone, in fact, hard done by a clownish coach and internal bickerings. While MS Dhoni, escapes an intense media scrutiny and a public furore, over an 8-0 overseas debacle and 2-1 home loss to Alastair Cook’s England, Michael Clarke would be jolted ahead of Ashes series.
As it unfolds, Aussies have no one to blame, except themselves and they are sure to get rolled over by Indian juggernaut, with the humiliation value, put up at 4-0.