The series between India and Australia has come down to the final game for a decider. Dhamshala is the venue for the potboiler and both Virat Kohli and Steve Smith will be busy designing their respective master plans to clinch the series.
The series so far has had everything, right from controversies, to DRS debate, to verbal confrontations to even something called “brain fade”. It’s high time thus, that India concentrates on winning the series and fine tuning their squad to bring out the best XI on the date.
Fine tune fielding: Throughout the series they have missed crucial opportunities at crunch times. Even in the Ranchi Test that was the case. They have been going through the fielding sessions but somehow it is not coming together during the match, a concern for sure. Especially close in catching is something that India needs to be wary off in the next Test. They should do their best to grab the opportunities that comes their way.
Ashwin back amongst the wickets: With Ravindra Jadeja wrecking through the Australian batsmen in the third Test at Ranchi, it was Ashwin who played the second fiddle. He was not able to extract the most out of the pitch as much as Jadeja. Ashwin is one of those bowlers who needs to get a wicket early in his spell to get into the groove. Short of wickets this series, Ashwin needs to be back amongst the wickets if India are to win the series.
Rahane and Kohli back amongst the runs: The two most dependable batsmen of India are going through a bad run in the Test series so far. The Dharmsahala Test is the best time for both of them to be back amongst the runs. Two naturally aggressive players, somewhere they need to channelize their energies in the right way.
Use DRS sensibly: Kohli finally got both his DRS attempts correct in the last Test match at Ranchi. Use of DRS will be decisive in the final Test match at Dharmashala and Kohli should make it a point to use the DRS sensibly so that it doesn’t go to a waste and India live to ruin the chances.