It's the third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and it is the same old story from India. A team that was World No. 1 in Tests not very long ago, it is now struggling to even put up a fight. With six successive overseas defeats on its back, the Indian team looks adamant to script the seventh. Down 0-2 in the series, India had vowed to bounce back in the series in Perth where they had scripted a sensational win in 2008, but the start has rather been a shoddy one as the Indian batting had another collapse at WACA. Here's how our batting superstars failed to script a turn around.
VIRENDER SEHWAG: He has been India's biggest disappointment. Known to be the demolisher, Sehwag has managed to score just 108 runs in five innings at an average of 21.60. Sehwag has failed to restrain himself from throwing his bat at everything ball that goes outside the off stump and has been caught out four times. Only once has he been bowled. At Perth: Sehwag was out for a duck off Ben Hilfenhaus and was taken by Ricky Ponting at second slip.
RAHUL DRAVID: Is The Wall of Indian cricket cracking? At least that's how it seems. Dravid was always known for his sold defence and copy-book batting style. It was a difficult task to pick his wicket. But of late, on can spot the chinks. In the last nine innings, Dravid has been bowled out seven times, including his dismissal in the first innings of the Perth Test, while he has scored just 121 runs with the help of a fifty. At Perth: He scored just nine runs before Peter Siddle's yorker destroyed his dreams of playing a long innings. He could score just 9 runs.
GAUTAM GAMBHIR: After failing to score in the first three innings, the Delhi batsmen looked desperate for a big knock. He played a knock of 83 runs in the second innings but that was not sufficient for India to save the Sydney Test. Come Perth, and Gambhir appeared confident of a good knock and looked in good touch. But that was all momentary. He made 31 runs before he was dismissed caught behind off Hilfenhaus.
SACHIN TENDULKAR: This man looks jinxed. Or is it the pressure of bring up his 100th ton? Despite being in good form, the master batsman has failed to play one big knock. At Melbourne he scored 73 and 32, India lost it. At Sydney, which is one of his favourite grounds, he bettered himself and looked destined to create history there. He made 41 and 80. But what hurt India more than him missing his 100th century is the way the entire batting collapsed after his dismissal. At Perth: While everyone thought it might be at WACA where he would get what is rightly due, Sachin was trapped in front of the wicket by Ryan Harris for just 15 runs. And millions hopes were dashed.
VIRAT KOHLI: His century in the practice match earned him a place in the playing XI ahead of Rohit Sharma. Young Kohli failed to grab the opportunities. In the first two Tests, he scored just 43 runs. While there were calls to drop him and bring in, a section of cricket experts believed he should get another chance. Many believed, he was under pressure as the top order collapsed too soon to give middle order something to build the innings on. At Perth: Kohli showed some resistance and played some real powerful shots. Just when he looked set for a big knock, Siddle had him caught out by David Warner for 44 runs.
VVS LAXMAN: Before the start of the series, the Australian media was abuzz with the return of VVS Laxman for the final time in Australia, where the cricket fans rate him higher than any other Indian cricketer, Tendulkar included. But Laxman never looked like the nemesis Australia were wary of. In five innings, he managed to score just 102 runs. At Perth: He had a 68-run stand with Kohli for the fifth wicket in the second session and scored 31 runs before he nudged a Peter Siddle delivery to Michael Clarke at first slip.
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