Suresh Raina's time at the crease in India's second innings against Australia in the fourth Test at Sydney, lasted only three deliveries as the southpaw scored a second successive nought. For a player who made a comeback to the Test team after more than two years, his misery in the longer format of the game was a sight very similar to his Test struggles earlier.
His debut against the Aussies in the third Test of the ongoing four-match series was nothing less than a nightmare. But Lokesh Rahul turned around things at Sydney, where he silenced all the critics with a maiden Test ton.
Criticised for failing in his debut Test in Melbourne, young Indian batsman Lokesh Rahul was relieved to score his maiden century in his second game to help India stay afloat on the third day of the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia, here today.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann said he is disappointed with the fielding efforts put by his team in the last two matches after skipper Steve Smith on Thursday dropped two crucial catches to let India off the hook on the third day of the final cricket Test here.
The overhead 'spidercam' grabbed the spotlight on Day 3 of the fourth Test after Australian captain Steven Smith seemed to indicate that the camera device hung atop the SCG was the reason behind his dropped catch of Indian centurion Lokesh Rahul, here on Thursday.
Rookie batsman Lokesh Rahul struck his maiden half century as India fought hard to reach 122 for two at lunch on the third day of their fourth and final cricket Test against Australia here on Thursday.
India decided to drop three big players from their line-up for the fourth Test match against Australia in Sydney which started from Tuesday. In this modern day game where the focus has changed into performance based outlook, failures turn out to be costly.
Newly appointed Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is set to make a clear statement that he is the big boy in town by axing opener Shikhar Dhawan, who reportedly stood up to him in a heated exchange in Brisbane.
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane struck fluent centuries and stitched a record 262-run fourth-wicket partnership as India fought back bravely before a late-order slide allowed a sloppy Australia to claw back in the third cricket Test, here on Sunday.
In the first two Tests that India lost against Australia in the four match series, one thing which remained constant was the below par performance of Indian lower middle order, especially in the second innings.