Much to everyone's expectations, India against Australia down under is turning out to be one of the most enthralling series of 2018. Post the defeat in Adelaide, the Aussies fought back to level the series 1-1 at Perth with two more tests left to play. Perhaps, in hindsight, India would believe that they could have won the test had they not make a few wrong decisions at Perth.
Following are four reasons that could be the reasons why India lost at Perth:
1. Not Playing Jadeja In The Side:
A couple of days before the second test, Ashwin was ruled out of the side owing to an injury but roping in Umesh as his replacement was never a wise decision. Ravindra Jadeja would have been an ideal option keeping in mind that the left-hander could have chipped in with runs and have given strength to the Indian batting line up.
2. Bhuvi Instead Of Umesh:
Let’s face it, with Ashwin and Rohit not in the side, and Murli Vijay and KL Rahul not in the best of form, India needed bowlers who could chip in with some runs as well apart from taking wickets keeping in mind a weaker batting line up, considering the recent form of Indian players. Perhaps, Bhuvneshwar would have been the ideal option if they were opting for four quicks at Perth.
3. Opening Stand:
In the two tests played so far Indian batsman, KL Rahul has managed to score 48 runs, while Murli Vijay has amassed just 49 runs in the four innings. For India to win the next two tests, India need to figure out the ideal opening combination going ahead at the boxing day test. Perhaps, it is time when KL Rahul should make way for Mayank Agarwal, someone who is consistently scoring the bulk of runs in the first-class cricket.
You have to agree on this as certainly, toss plays a huge factor in deciding the result in a Test match and on a pitch which had loads of grass and bounce, chasing a total more than 250 in the fourth inning is always going to be an improbable task now-a-days, especially overseas. India, chasing 286 at Perth against the likes of Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, and Lyon, was never going to be easy.