India lost to Australia in the 3rd One day match which was held on Sunday at Melbourne Cricket Ground and with that India lost the series purely of fielding lapses. Every time our team takes the trip to Australia, a disaster happens and this one was no exception. The only consolation of this tour was that our batsman got runs on the board. But again a question comes up how much time did they take or balls consumed to make those runs. Former Indian batsman Krishnamachari Srikkanth was critical of some of our batsmen of consuming too many balls. He was of the opinion that one day cricket is all about runs getting into the scoreboard and that too very quickly.
It is that recurrent problem that is the reason behind Indian again loosing at the MCG and for the series loss this time again. If we look at three matches already played so far, the batsmen have performed better and have been able to post some decent totals of (308,309 and 295) but in all the games the Australian team have managed to overcome the scores and as M.S. Dhoni stated earlier that he felt some extra runs on the board could have helped his erratic bowlers.
The captain squarely blames his side fielding lapses for the loss but praised his bowlers commenting that they have showed a better and decent performance than the earlier game. Dhoni felt that his team fielding has let him down and so the Australian team got the upper hand to win the series by winning the MCG match.
Virat Kohli came in for some praise from the Indian captain. Dhoni said that Kohli has the capability to be a good run getting batsman for the team and has a bright future to take the team forward. Performance do matters and his progress in the team has been a constant factor. Kohli is the fastest batsman in the world to reach 24th ODI century.
Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja each were able to take two wickets to offer India some chance but their efforts went in vain. Shikhar Dhawan who has been out of form managed to contribute some 68 runs and Ajinkya Rahane contributed a half century but Rohit Sharma was dismissed for just six runs.
Throughout the series if we look at the Indian bowling attack, it can be described as not consistent , not very disciplined and most of the time erratic. Australia needs 65 runs of 60 balls and the Indian captain gives the responsibility of bowling to Umesh Yadav and just concedes one run, putting a little bit of pressure on the Australian batsmen.
Next over Ravindra Jadeja bowls conceding only 5 runs. The result is 59 runs from 48 balls. Indian captain continues with Jadeja and the worse fear comes to haunt the Indian team. After three good balls, the bowler overpitches one, the ball is hit for a six over long off, the next delivery is hit for a couple and the final ball is hit harshly over covers for a four by Maxwell.
Glenn Maxwell was adjourned “Man of the Match” for his great performance with the bat. He scored 96 valuable runs to take Australia to the course of victory.
It is pretty clear that the series will be one sided one and if India does not learn from its mistakes every good opportunity will go in vain and the hard earned century by our batsmen will not be remembered