The loss of toss and the introduction of DRS all put paid Team India’s hopes. Our fielders dropped easy catches and the list includes the captain and the best fielder Ajinkya Rahane. So we felt the heat till the last day. South Africa won a test match against Australia down under and are doing well in the second test as well. Likewise, we hope that the Team England perform better in the second test at Visakhapatnam on 17th November. Indian batting looked brittle with double failures of Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane. But for the Tamil Nadu pair of Murali Vijay and R. Ashwin along with Cheteshwar Pujara we would have lost the game on the fourth day itself. How long we can survive with a weak batting line up. The thinking should be positive and the captain and the team management should have a broader outlook as well. Infusing the young blood should be our aim rather than trying the tested hands all the time. The battle lines are drawn for a tougher matches ahead for Team India.
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