India’s debacle against Australia on the third day of the Pink Test in Adelaide is the hottest topic of discussion right now. As several pundits try to figure out reasons for India’s horror batting show in the second innings of the First Test, former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif spoke about the mindset the Indians used to bang on Saturday.
Latif recalled the 2002 Test against Australia, in which Pakistan lost in Sharjah for 59 and 53 against Australia. Legendary spinner Shane Warne picked 8 wickets (4 in each inning) in the match to destroy the Pakistani batting. The Aussies, led by Steve Waugh, had won the match with innings and 198 runs. Latif said there are days when bowlers mostly hit the right spot.
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“These things happen; there are days when the bowlers hit the spot 100 percent and the edges go straight to the field players. I think the breakdown happened because the Indian batsmen maybe had an attitude to attack the bowling and dominate, ”PTI news agency quoted Latif as saying
“But the playing field changed its behavior and I think the first two days it had a spongy crack and was a little slow, but then the playing field hardened a bit and the ball slipped wonderfully for the bowlers which is why everyone went in the outfield players, ”added Latif.
The former Pakistani captain explained what went wrong with Captain Kohli in the second innings, who played a reasonable stroke of 74 runs in the first innings.
“Virat Kohli played a very reasonable stroke in the first innings, but the second time the gates fell so quickly on the other end, even he was tempted to chase a wide one to get runs on the board. It must have been a nightmare for Kohli that his team only did 36 runs, ”added Latif.
India and Australia will meet again at MCG in the Boxing Day Test.