Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has reckoned that pink ball was the reason for India’s defeat in the first Test in Adelaide.
India lost the Pink-ball Test in Adelaide by 8 wickets (AP Image)
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Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has reflected on the reason why India lost their Pink-ball Test match against Australia in Adelaide and it’s not the brilliance of the host bowlers who decimated India to 36 all out in the second innings of the Test.
India were in a strong position after taking a first innings lead of 53 runs in the match but what happened on Day 3 of the Test was nothing short of appalling. No India batsmen could score in double digits as the team got bundled out for 36 in 21-2 overs only. Australia won the match by 8 wickets in 21 overs.
The match saw brilliant piece of seam and swing bowling from Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. In the 2nd innings, Cummins scalped 4 wickets while Hazlewood finished with figures of 5-3-8-5.
Shoaib Akhtar has reckoned that while Australia’s batting unit is weakest since the time he rememebers, their bowling is good but that was not responsible for India’s defeat in the series opener.
“I am not saying this with any bias. But this is the weakest batting unit that I have come across in Australia. This is the most fragile, most weak. Even if you remove Smith and look at that middle order, it is the weakest batting line-up that I have come across. Their bowling is good but if you ask me why India lost the first Test match, it’s because of the pink-ball,” Shoaib Akhtar told on Sports Today.
India have levelled the series after beating Australia by 8 wickets in the Boxing Day Test. The third Test match of the series will be played in Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) from January 7.