After a below-par batting performance in the first innings, India’s top order will be looking to up their game come tomorrow in the Adelaide test and take the match beyond Australia’s reach. With a strong showing by the Indian bowlers helping cover the frailties of India’s top 5 batsmen, the Indians will be looking to bat it out on day 3 and put up a competitive total for Australia. Leading India’s charge on early Saturday morning will be Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma, 3 frontline batsmen of India this series.
While Pujara has already stamped his class in the first innings, scoring 123 of the 250 runs the visiting side managed to put up on the board, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who will be looking to right their wrongs from the first day. We take a further look at how the 3 frontline batsmen of India have fared in Australia and in test matches this year and what to expect from them in India’s second innings.
A detailed account of the 3 frontline batsmen of India
The Indian skipper, who has a long-standing animosity against Australia, fell cheaply in the first innings after Khawaja pulled off a blinder in the slips to send him back for just 3 runs. However, Kohli is a player who seldom fails twice. Enjoying one of the best patches in his career, Kohli will most certainly bounce back come India’s second innings.
Known to always perform against the Australians, Kohli’s performances in the recently concluded T20 series and net session left everyone gushing. He has become the talk of the town this series and will be looking to let his bat do the talking as India look to notch up a 300 plus target for the hosts.
Kohli’s record against Australia in tests
One of India’s best test players, Pujara has in his artillery a batting style that is tailor-made for the longest format of the game. He showed why he’s the mainstay of India’s middle order in the first innings, with a well-crafted century that has earned plaudits around the world for its grace and class.
Boasting of an unnerving concentration, one that makes him the perfect batsman to dig his feet in on bowling friendly conditions, Pujara will be looking to tire out Australia’s pace trio on day 3 and sees out the new ball, providing a platform for the rest of the batsmen to build on in the process.
Batting and Fielding Averages
Rohit Sharma’s stay at the crease for his 34 in the first innings told us everything that is good and bad with his test batting. While on one side he looked in a spectacular touch, carving out well-worked shots around the pitch and working the ball around with ease, he threw away his wicket far too cheaply after doing all the hard work.
This is something that has affected Sharma’s test campaign for too long now, hampering his place and growth in the side as a regular mainstay in the batting line-up. If he improves on that in the second innings, he can be an important player for India down the order, contributing vital runs to India’s cause.