India Have A Mountain To Climb At The Gabba

India Have A Mountain To Climb At The Gabba

By Neel Gudka14 January, 2021 2 min read
India Have A Mountain To Climb At The Gabba

We’re still recovering from the Sydney hangover, and the next test is already upon us. Terrific rearguard action by Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin at the SCG ensured that the test series remained tied 1-1. This means that the fourth and final test at Woolloongabba, Brisbane will decide the outcome of the series. India will take confidence from their strong display in the last two games. Yet, scaling the Gabba is hardly going to be a piece of cake.

A depleted side

In a series as intense as this one, a little wear and tear was always expected. However nobody could have predicted the number of injuries India have had to deal with on this tour. With resources thinning, it’ll be interesting to see the XI India plays in the fourth test. Ravindra Jadeja, who has been immensely valuable with the bat as well as the ball, joined the long list of wounded soldiers at Sydney. If media reports are to be believed, the management is planning to replace him with Washington Sundar, who was asked to stay back in Australia after the limited overs leg of the tour. Of course, Kuldeep Yadav is also in the squad and could be brought in.

Hanuma Vihari is also doubtful about taking the field at Brisbane following his hamstring niggle, which would mean either Mayank Agarwal or Prithvi Shaw will return to the side. But India’s biggest worry would be the uncertainty around star paceman Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness. If Bumrah is to miss the test, it would mean India’s attack would comprise three pacers out of Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan. These four men have a total of four test matches’ worth of experience between them.

Australia’s fortress

If Australia had to pick one venue to play this all important final test, it would’ve been the Gabba. After all, the Aussies have remained unbeaten on this ground since 1988. India on the other hand, have never won a test here. The best result we’ve managed was a draw in 2003. A draw this time around would be sufficient for India to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. But with the Brisbane track’s conduciveness to fast bowling, it’s unlikely that the game won’t produce a result.

The stats may not be in our favour, but we must remember India’s first win at the Adelaide Oval came only in 2003, and the first win at Perth in 2008. This could well be the year in which we conquer Brisbane.

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