Former Australian captain and now a cricket commentator for the host broadcaster, Star Sports has slammed the Indian batsmen for making the Australian bowlers look more good than they deserve. India were cruising along at one stage, in spite of the dismissals of Vijay and Rahul with a steady partnership of Pujara and Rahane. Clarke feels that Indian batsmen are digging their own grave by ‘negative tactics’ and voiced his opinions on air while talking about the same.
By negative tactics, Clarke does have a valid point. He goes on air to say that the Australian team have just deployed one mid-wicket and one sweeper on the leg side. With two right-handers at the crease, with good feet movement, the batsmen could just drive it harmlessly down the ground or tuck it away, rotating the strike and thereby, not allowing Lyon to get any sort of momentum in the bowling stride.
Now, there are two ways of looking at Clarke’s statement:
Pros – Clarke is absolutely right in spotting that too much blocking may have caused this match to change dramatically in one session. Pujara and Rahane should have probably kept rotating the strike wherever possible.
Cons – What Clarke forgets is that Rahane is not a very good player of spin plus, it was a break that brought about the downfall of Pujara, which has been the case so far for the Indian batsmen so far. Clarke is also forgetting that Lyon has been bowling darts outside the off stump as well so that the batsmen don’t jump out. So, more credit goes to Nathan Lyon for doing that, unlike the less credit that Clarke is giving to the Australian bowlers.