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Players’ Injury Adds Trouble for Indian on Sri Lanka Tour

August 19
10:43 2015

shikharNew Delhi, Wednesday, August 19 – The moment Indian cricket team flew for Sri Lanka to play 3-match Test series, hopes were high. Given that it was a wonderful opportunity for many to make tour of Sri Lanka memorable by beating all odds and rise as a star, some outstanding show was anticipated.

After Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from Test cricket, job on the shoulders of Virat Kohli increased as expected since he being new to carry this big responsibility. However, he seemed creating a place in the hearts of players by unexpected decisions, which were meant to improve team’s performance in home conditions and the overseas.

He picked Harbhajan Singh on tour of Bangladesh for only Test. Though the match ended in a draw after rain playing spoilsport, it was wonderful to observe Singh marking his comeback and reliving the magic of spin. Several youngsters were expected to write a new chapter this time as well since motto is to go back home with their heads held high.

Fitness being priority of all players, attention is poured always to go with a squad that is both mentally and physically fit and adapt the situation. India were about to meet the criteria but suddenly the 31-year-old Murali Vijay was ruled out from Galle Test due to hamstring injury. Lokesh Rahul was given the opportunity to kick off India’s innings to which he failed, adding just a few runs in the team’s total.

And now, another jolt is felt after Shikhar Dhawan, one of the key Indian players, has been ruled out post hairline fracture in his hand. The in-form player was expected to impart terrific role in the remaining two matches but his injury, which would take around 6 weeks time to heal, has put India into a problematic situation. Here is to mention that the 29-year-old Delhi born cricketer pocketed 134 runs off 271 balls, together with 13 boundaries, in the first innings and 28 runs in 83 balls, including three 4s, in second innings.

The way he spent time on the crease, it shows Dhawan tried all his level best to save India from falling into the trough but couldn’t succeed.  The host eyed solid start on Day 4 and 5 of Galle Test but it was not that easy for Angelo Mathews’ men because of psychological pressure as it was recently when they were crushed by Pakistan in Test, ODI and T20 International matches.

But learning from past, the home-side shockingly thrashed India by 63 runs. Rangana Herath’s bowling compelled Indian batsman to depart early. He took wickets of Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin. His amazing bowling helped his team enjoy a win at Galle International Stadium in Galle, where supporters were hopeless of seeing their men on the winning side, especially when India seemed strong in all the departments right from the beginning of the match.

Problems are going to endless for Indian captain Kohli, who showed trust in talented cricketers and created a combination which could create troubles for the rivals. But now, pressure is shifted on Indian camp despite appearing robust to hold the fort from Day 1 till Day 4. It was unconfident batting by the Indians that made them see unexpected failure when a low score couldn’t be chased.

No complains from bowling lineup as R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma did their bit. However, at the same time, eyes can’t be taken off poor show by batting orders which toppled quickly while chasing the feeble total. It is interesting to notice whom among Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is picked for the second Test, which is start at P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo, on Thursday, August 20.

Since Kumar Sangakkara is to bid adieu Test cricket during this series, Sri Lanka will leave no stone unturned to win the match and make his final stint memorable. Even though India may bounce back, the threat of a turnaround from the host as like previously looms. Bowlers will be required to restrict Sri Lanka on a small score to make job easy for teammates.

India need to pull off this time as they are already into a do-or-die situation. A mistake at this stage is not going to get repaired. Off-spinner Ashwin is letting his graph go up with each passing match but rest also got to do the same. Indian fans were highly disappointed with the way first Test was lost at the hands of Sri Lanka, who rotated everything in a perfect manner and making the impossible task possible.

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