The Test India should finally ace

A preview of the India-Australia Test Series like no other – through Impact Index



THE LAST THREE TEST SERIES IN AUSTRALIA

India’s last 3 series are spread over 12 years – 1999-2000, 2003-04 and 2007-08. Seven Indian players
featured in at least one Test.

Name

Matches

Batting
IMPACT

Bowling
IMPACT

PLAYER’s
IMPACT in the
last 3 series in
Australia

SDs

Pressure
IMPACT

Sehwag

6

1.98

0.42

2.44

0

0.04

Tendulkar

11

2.02

0.22

2.23

0

0.48

Khan

3

0.2

1.97

2.17

0

0

Laxman

11

1.9

0

2.03

0

0.47

Dhoni

4

0.57

0

1.98*

0

0.25

Dravid

11

1.71

0

1.84

1

0.16

Sharma

3

0.17

1.38

1.51

0

0

* Including wicket-keeping IMPACT

This is very encouraging – four players with an impact of over 2.

Sehwag's numbers indicate his importance in this series. His partnership with Gambhir at the top will be absolutely crucial.

Tendulkar has the highest Batting IMPACT amongst them all – those who remember his sublime form in 1999 will not be surprised. Interestingly, he has also successfully absorbed the highest pressure by an Indian batsman in Australia. Ironically, he is now under very public pressure to get his 100th international century – whether he overcomes this or not, or how soon he does, could also play a big part in India's fortunes this time.

Zaheer Khan also has a high Bowling IMPACT in Australia but again, his fitness remains an issue. As much as being an asset to the team, his failure (either on fitness or performance) will affect India severely.

Laxman is yet another high-IMPACT batsman for India which is not a big surprise given the memorable exploits by him on Australian soil. His high Pressure IMPACT further embellishes his value in Australia.

Dravid is the only player to have delivered a series defining performance in Australia – in Adelaide in the 2003-04 tour when his batting in both innings changed the momentum of the series that stayed tantalizingly alive till the last session of the last Test, but he was off-colour in 1999 and not fully himself in 2007-08 (despite being the highest scorer in the only Test they won then, at Perth). Unfortunately for Australia, he has been in sublime form this year, and the inexperienced Australian bowling line-up would be wary of him.

Ishant Sharma's Bowling IMPACT of 1.38 in Australia is very similar to his last 2 years performance – mediocre. He should be replaced by Ojha (at least in the Sydney Test) and not Yadav (which would be more likely if India decide to go with 2 spinners), unless Yadav turns out to be equally ineffective in Australian conditions.

Dhoni hasn't done much with his bat in Australia so far and even overall, his Test batting has not matched his ODI exploits. He hasn't captained in Australia either, and he will be eager to extinguish memories of England just 5 months ago.

Australia's last 3 series at home are spread over just two years. Nine players in the current team have featured in at least one Test (as opposed to seven Indians over 12 years – a dramatic reminder of the difference in levels of experience in the two teams).

Players

Matches

Batting IMPACT

Bowling IMPACT

PLAYER’s IMPACT in the last 3 series in Australia

SDs

Pressure IMPACT

Pattinson

2

0.5

6.25

6.25

0

0

Warner

2

3.9

0

4.15

0

0.21

Haddin

10

1.15

0

2.63*

0

0.24

Siddle

10

0.73

1.77

2.57

0

0.19

Lyon

2

0.59

1.96

2.55

0

0.11

Hussey

10

1.85

0.09

2.07

0

0.56

Ponting

9

1.46

0

1.74

0

0.13

Clarke

10

1.49

0

1.57

0

0.25

Hilfenhaus

4

0.22

0.57

0.82

0

0

* Including wicket-keeping IMPACT

This is encouraging for Australia – even if you don’t consider three of them for playing less than 5 Tests,
three of them are comfortably over an IMPACT of 2. What is worrying is that the two below that are
Ponting and Clarke – the two most experienced batsmen.

Hussey has a higher Batting IMPACT in Australia in last 3 series as compared to his 2 years IMPACT
number. Also, his ability to absorb pressure is the highest amongst both the teams when in Australia. He
should rightfully be Australia’s batting mainstay but will need to come back to form (his Batting IMPACT in
last 2 series had been a dismal 0.45).

Siddle and Lyon also have a higher Bowling IMPACT in Australia compared to their last 2 years Bowling
IMPACT – something that should bring a bit more confidence in the Australian bowling line-up.

Hilfenhaus’s figures further dip in Australia (Bowling IMPACT of just 0.57). He could well be fighting for a
place in the team with Starc, who is on the bench (Bowling IMPACT 0.90).

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