Sunil Gavaskar on India bowlers: ‘Story of Indian cricket’ – Sunil Gavaskar points out where Team India bowlers have gone wrong since 1932

Sunil Gavaskar points out a some mistake of Team India bowlers, going on since 1932. Photo credits: AP/PTI&nbsp

Losing all their frontline bowlers due to injuries, India fielded a second-stringed bowling attack when they took on the field on Day 1 of the fourth and final Test versus Australia, at The Gabba, Brisbane on Friday (January 15).

With injuries to R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja — Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami were already ruled out — Ajinkya Rahane & the team management had their task cut-out to name an XI where the total experience of their bowlers stand at less than 10 Tests. 

After losing the toss once again, Rahane & Co. managed to keep Australia under check at 274/5 at stumps on Day 1. While had the total runs conceded been less than 250 or India bowlers would’ve managed to account for more than 6 wickets, it would’ve been a perfect day for the visitors. Though the inexperienced attack still showed a lot of fight, former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar pointed out one common error in Team India bowlers, which is going on since 1932.

“The Indian bowlers get the first wickets but they struggle to get the last five wickets,” Gavaskar said on Sony Sports Network after the end of Day 1. “India at least till tea time were controlling the game. If they got another couple of wickets then you could’ve said the day was India’s India had a really good chance of restricting Australia if they had got another wicket but this unbeaten partnership as taken it towards Australia,” Gavaskar said.

He further opined, “Like it has happened since 1932 when India played their first game in England, they had England’s top five out for a low score and the last five added a lot of runs. So that has been the story of Indian cricket. I’m only hoping they don’t struggle as much as 1932 or subsequently and they restrict Australia to maybe 350 or thereabouts,” Gavaskar added.

India had reduced Australia to 17/2 before Matthew Wade, Steve Smith and centurion Marnus Labuschagne took the hosts to 200/3. While India struck twice in quick succession, another solid stand between Tim Paine and Cameron Green negated any further threat for the home side to take them to 274-5 at stumps. 

India will be hoping for a quick turnaround on Day 2 and also bat really well to stand a chance to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia.

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