New Delhi: As yet another overseas tour nears its end, Indian cricket fans have been left feeling a sense of 'deja vu'. Though the team did not capitulate as they have did on the last tour Down Under, the end result is not very different.
As the Indian team goes into the fourth and final Test in Sydney, having already lost a series and their captain, they have one final opportunity to experiment with their bowling attack in overseas Tests.
Post the Border-Gavasker series, India will not play Test cricket for a while and their next assignment in whites is the series against Bangladesh.
There is no denying that once the final Test at the SCG concludes, cricketers and fans will get into the ODI mode with the triangular series involving England and then the World Cup.
Hence, this is the perfect opportunity for Virat Kohli and Duncan Fletcher to go for broke and take risks if need be.
In the last three tests at the SCG, Indian bowlers have picked up 10 Aussie wickets on just 1 occasion. The hosts have piled on the runs against the hapless bowling attack with scores of 552, 463, 401 and 659, declaring on 3 occasions.
Each time, India has played only four bowlers and they have struggled to dismiss the Aussie batsmen. Hence, the inability of India's bowlers to do the job should pave the way for a bowling attack of five.
Only one Indian bowler – Ravichandran Ashwin has picked up a five-wicket haul at the SCG in the last three Tests.
Indian batsmen have shown they can hold forte against the Aussie pace attack, which is why Kohli should be prepared to do away with the comfort of an extra batsman.