It’s the shot selection.
Yes. There have been some great deliveries from the Indian spinners, but to attribute their turnover to super-human brilliance would be as good as calling a right-arm spinner a chinaman. If you saw Ed Cowan’s expression after being beaten by Jadeja, and the fact that he was pouting his appreciation to both the bowler and the fielders around him, you could say that he was all at sea.
Or should we say lack of experience?
To a delivery turning in, Cowan played on the back foot, and the edge first hit Dhoni’s pad, before Virender Sehwag caught it in the slips. Mind you, he had his shades on, and not his spectacles.
Jadeja used his 'armed' ball
There is a lot being said about Ravindra Jadeja’s place in the Indian Test team. But when the man picks up the ball, fumbles, tries again and throws the ball at the stumps. It's out. When the sphere left his wrists, propelled by an under-arm throw, Moises Henriques was well outside the crease. Watching Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrate, with a tad more energy than normal, was a sight to behold.
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Australian skipper Michael Clarke went forward, to negate the turn that Ravindra Jadeja was getting from the pitch. A nice firm front foot forward, head over the ball, bat and pad together. After kicking up some dust, it beat the willow, dislodging the Australian skipper’s off-stump, dismissing him for the second time in the match, in similar fashion.
Elementary school Mr.Watson
Ishant Sharma picked up his first wicket of the series, and he had to thank Shane Watson for it. With the ball going down the leg side, which Watson tried to hit towards the fine leg fence, for what should have been the first four in his knock. It wasn’t to be. The ball took an edge, and was soon in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hands.
Don’t Wade for me
Matthew Wade placed his foot out to the pitch of the ball, but jabbed at a delivery, playing on top of the bounce. The ball was in Virender Sehwag’s hands at the end of the shot, and Wade walked off, keeping his head down. It can be concluded that it’s the shot selection that has proven to be Australia’s undoing in the series, more than the spin being generated by the Indian tweakers.
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