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Michael Clarke criticises India’s defensive batting

India scored only 248 runs on day two of Dharamshala Test.

By Aditya Pratap Arya -


Former Australian skipper, Michael Clarke has expressed is disappointment over India’s batting show after day two of Dharamshala Test against Australia. He feels India has made Australian bowling line-up look world-class.

India responded well to visitors first innings score  when they were cruising even after dismissals of both openers. Pujara and Rahane put a good batting show before giving it away with either poor shot or good bowling. He claimed it was a “negative tactic” from Indian batsmen.

Clarke is keeping an eye on this series from the commentary box and found India as too defensive during the passage of play in the second session when Pujara and Rahane were batting.

He said “Australian team has only utilised a fielder at mid-wicket with the other sweeper on the leg-side and at the fine leg. With two middle order right-hand batsmen at the crease, who possess sound technique and beautiful feet movement, the pair could just drive it harmlessly down the ground or tuck it away.”

Also, he said they didn’t rotate the strike, which allowed Lyon to get set and he took four wickets.

India’s middle order did well to gain the lead but Karun Nair’s yet another failure put them a place of bother. However, Jadeja and Saha shared a crucial stand to take India ahead of Australia’s total and took a 32-run lead. 

Aditya Pratap Arya

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