All the jubilations of the first test were silenced as the Indian team meekly capitulated in the second test at Durban.The team failed to live up to the expectations of the first test match in both departments of the game. But more importantly it was the batting which proved to be achilles heel for the Indian team.
In both the innings, the openers failed to give the team a solid start and the team lost one of them within five to ten overs! Sehwag has not learnt from his mistakes and the chips for sure look down for this flamboyant batsman.
In a foreign tour, only players with the tenacity and the temprament to adjust and learn quickly survive and score runs. And unfortunately Sehwag has failed to show both these traits. He continues to feel the balls outside off stump and fends for them. These are the deliveries which have brought about his downfall.
I can vivdly recollect that when Sachin Tendulkar was peppered with short pitch deliveries in the last tour of South Africa by the likes of Pollock and Hayward, he adapted very well and came with a typical hook shot which fetched him a boundary above the slips. A classic example of learning in times of adversity!
It is clear that the earlier Sehwag learns from his mistakes the better for the Indian team as there is only more test match left in this tour.
Another inadequacy that has been revealed is the Indian batsmen’s discomfort in playing fast and short pitch deliveries. The batsmen got starts but did not convert them which cost the team the second test match.
The bowling department too struggled and my apprehensions regarding the absence of a speedy fast bowler in the Indian team came true in this test match. The seam attack looked similar and it was the absence of a bowler like Ntini in the Indian team that made the entire difference.
It was the cumulative effort of Nitini and Nel that brought Indian team’s downfall within 50 overs on the final day.Lack of application, resolve and discomfort in playing fast deliveries are warning signs for the Indian team. Signs to come up with a better game plan and approach in the final test at Cape Town.