The Indian Test Team is going through the similar phase of the 90’s where Sachin was the only batsman and now Virat Kohli is the only one who scores runs in the overseas conditions
During early 90’s Sachin Tendulkar of India and Brian Lara for West Indies is the only batsman in their country who scored runs consistently in the overseas conditions. Two greatest batsmen of that era struggled alone against the opposition bowlers. But their struggle, not able to win many matches to their side. Cricket is a team game and required the effort of all 11 players to win matches in overseas condition.
The present condition of the Indian test team reminds me of similar 90’s circumstances. Apart from Virat Kohli none of the other batsmen has been able to step up in overseas condition from the 2018 South Africa tour. It is very disheartening fact that in the country which has so much talent pool from the batting department could not able to produce the quality Test batsman who can play and score runs in the overseas condition like England, Australia, South-Africa, and NewZeland.
We always talk about Pakistan weakness in batting. But the real truth is India’s batting has now had no difference with Pakistan batting. India bowling becomes strong.but their batting got weaker and weaker with the time.
India’ current batsman in Test Team can’t play spin properly. They also struggled against swing and seam. They weren’t able to chase the small target of 194 runs. So my question is why they are playing Test cricket. If they do not have the skills to resist in the longer format of the game.
I think it is the high time India should look beyond Murli Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, and Ajinkya Rahane and Chetehwar Pujara. India should find the quality Test batsman from the young pool of cricketer. The players like Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson deserve the chance to feature in Indian Test Team. Indian team management has to take some strict decision in order to improve the quality of cricket in the Indian circuit for the overseas tour.
Virat Kohli is really in need of another Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, and Ganguli support him in the batting department. Otherwise, India’s dream and fortune of a conquering overseas tour will never be accomplished.