You are bound to have a bad day For India Anil Kumble

By | February 25, 2017

You are bound to have a bad day For India – Anil Kumble

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Kumble said that while Rahul seemed okay after his shoulder injuy, the team management would wait until Saturday to determine future course of action.




Kumble said that while Rahul seemed okay after his shoulder injuy, the team management would wait until Saturday to determine future course of action.
India head coach Anil Kumble didn’t delve into specifics of what was easily India’s worst day of Test cricket in the home season – one that has pushed them into seeking a miracle to avoid defeat in the Pune Test against Australia. India lost seven wickets for 11 runs during an astonishing second session on the second day, falling from 94 for 3 to 105 all-out, thereby conceding a massive 155-run first innings lead, which Australia duly pushed to 298 by stumps.




On a track that took appreciable turn, India had done well to offset the cheap dismissals of Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli through a half-century stand between KL Rahul (63) and Ajinkya Rahane (13) before the former became the first of Steve O’Keefe’s six dismissals, triggering the collapse. The India coach attributed the slump to a bad day at the office, stating that the team appeared to have lost its bearing after Rahul holed out to long-off.




“It was disappointing. We were in a pretty decent position when Rahul and Ajinkya were batting out there. But once Rahul got out, we lost those four wickets in five or six balls. That certainty pushed us back,” Kumble said on Friday (February 24). “You are bound to have a bad day. One of those things where a couple of soft dismissals. It was unfortunate that once Rahul got out, we seemed to lose the bearing at that point of time.”




The pitch at the Gahunje stadium was central to the unexpected narrative on Day 2, with batting getting progressively difficult against the spinning ball. Besides O’Keefe’s six-fer, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled probing spells on the day. But, as evidenced by Steve Smith’s effort late in the final session, with a little adaptation, there were still runs for the taking. Kumble though wasn’t willing to point fingers at any of his batsmen for failing to do so in the light of their highly successful season so far.




“This pitch was certainly challenging,” Kumble said. “We needed a lot more restraint and [it] showed that if you put your head down, you could make those runs. It’s a surface where you needed to adapt. We didn’t adapt really well. Probably if you look at yesterday, the first 80 runs in the first session and the last 60 runs for the last wicket – that slightly took us away from what we were wanting to restrict Australia to. It is a challenging surface which requires application, aggression and a bit of caution as well. You need a mix out of that. And today was not our day. We have to give credit to the Australian bowlers as well. It was one of those days when you go back and start, ‘Ok, how do we come back and pick those six wickets?’




“A couple of batsmen are bound to fail, having been scoring exceptionally well. Virat got out today, and Pujara got out today cheaply; and so did Vijay. Once Rahul and Ajinkya had that partnership of 50, that’s when we could have consolidated and probably got closer to the target or probably even got a lead. But once we lost that wicket… the lower order has contributed to us exceptionally in the past and today was not our day.”

With Smith going strong for Australia in the second essay and with six more wickets to follow, India will potentially have to chase down a record total on a crumbling pitch to extend their unbeaten streak. But the legendary spinner is unwilling to throw in the towel just yet.




“There is always a first time to anything,” Kumble said. “We would like to restrict them to as little as possible. We dropped a few catches. It has hurt us in the past, especially in this game you need to hold your chances even if half chances. We dropped Steve Smith on couple of occasions, that has certainly pushed us back. Hopefully tomorrow morning we can pick up a few early wickets and then put the pressure back on them. I still feel there’s a lot of cricket to be played in this Test match. Tomorrow is another day.”

‘We are hoping KL Rahul will be fine’
Rahul, while executing the lofted shot that led to his dismissal, appeared to have suffered a shoulder injury and needed immediate attention from the physio Patrick Farhart before trudging off the park. The opener didn’t take the field for Australia’s second innings until late into the final session and Kumble said that while Rahul seemed okay, the team management would wait until Saturday to determine future course of action, if any.




“He hurt his shoulder little bit. He came off a little bit while he was batting. So we had to take care. It was more a precaution. He is ok now. He was back in the field for the last couple of overs. He should be ok. Tomorrow we have to see how he responds. Usually these kind of injuries take 24 hours before it resurfaces. So we are hoping he will be fine.

“I think the shot created the injury, not just to him but even to the team. It’s one of those things. He should be ok tomorrow morning.”



 

You are bound to have a bad day For India – Anil Kumble

 

You are bound to have a bad day For India Anil Kumble

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