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Would India Repeat Same Old Story of Defeat in Last Test against Australia or Register Victory Under Kohli’s Captaincy?

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Would India Repeat Same Old Story of Defeat in Last Test against Australia or Register Victory Under Kohli’s Captaincy?

January 05
12:15 2015

kohli1New Delhi, Monday, January 5 – It has been almost a month when young and dynamic Indian cricket team landed on the soil of Australia to contest in 4-match Test match series. Combating the Aussies in this format is never easy especially when they are playing at home. India have already lost the Border-Gavaskar trophy at the hands of Australia as the team which is now led by stand-in skipper Steve Smith won the first two Tests and ended the recently concluded match in the Melbourne in a draw.

The 3rd Test came to a surprising end for the reason that India’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni proclaimed retirement from Test cricket, leaving his fans and even the experts in the state of shock. The bomb was dropped from him when he walked back to the pavilion post playing 24-run not out innings in his final appearance as a Test player. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that probably no one was ready to take in his decision of retirement from a format wherein his role was humongous to make India be at no. 1 position.

He grabbed eyeballs every time he came in the ground to play. He never left any stone unturned to take amazing catches behind the wickets whenever ball came to him after hitting the edge of bat. On more than a few occasions, it was his weird decisions made him stand out and not the performance. Joginder Sharma’s final delivery in the final of inaugural T20 match against arch-rivals Pakistan led India lift the T20 World Cup in 2007. Sharma, though, wasn’t getting wickets, however, proved Dhoni’s confidence in him absolutely right. He not only got himself registered in the cricket history but also made everyone believe that at times, skipper’s approach of trusting his teammates could change the whole game in next to no time.

Dhoni recently joined his teammates in the ongoing Test after recovering from an injury. The announcement of retirement in the middle is surprising because he could have continued his play as like another teammate but at the same time, hopes are up from him in One-Day International and 20-20 matches. Countdown for Cricket World Cup 2015 has begun. The defending champions will arrive on the 22 yards pitch under the guidance of a 33-year-old strong man from Ranchi.  Dhoni although stunned the cricket fraternity by bidding adieu to the Test matches but a lot more is anticipated to come from him in limited over tournaments. He will surely be remembered as ‘captain cool’ for several years to come.

Kohli is all set to lead India in Sydney Test, which is to start early this week.  A new era of cricket is ready to begin in 2015. Expectations are soaring with 26-year-old Kohli, however, fans doubt whether he would be able to deal with his temper issues or not. In spite of the truth that the youngster has the potency to outshine whenever poked on the crease by the rivals, a bitter fact is to be absorbed that he wouldn’t able to manage odd stuffs calmly as it was handled by former captain MS Dhoni. Nonetheless, it is also true that every player has unique abilities. Keeping this mind, hopes climb another peak with Kohli, who has always proved himself as a world-class player whether playing in home conditions or in the overseas.

His partnership with Ajinkya Rahane in previous Test made the opponents feel the heat and be under stress. Classy shots and technique to face fantastic deliveries bowled by the opponents catch the eye towards him. Record books are adequate to inform that Indian cricketers changed the entire equation of the game as a crucial stage by putting their best foot forward. Indian supporters are striving to see their team win especially at a stage where contests of cricket carnival are slated to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand. They anticipate India will begin the brand new year by pocketing a victory in the last Test match which starts onn Tuesday, January 6. It would be interesting to notice whether a bunch of players get success to prove their selection in India’s ‘playing XI’ worthy or repeat the same old story of defeats during tour of Australia when a enthusiastic man gears up to take big responsibility on his shoulders as a captain.

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