The Nagpur test has once again raised serious questions about why the best batting line-up in the world has become so brittle. India's batsmen have made just one hundred in four innings vs Australia in this test series. Clearly this is not good enough for a team where the top five batsmen have a combined total of 75 test hundreds between them. Sachin Tendulkar being dominated by the bowlers rather than the other way round is a sight that his fans just can't seem to digest. Perhaps the slight matter of consolation was that the Bombay bomber was not out to McGrath for the sixth time in his career, but rather to Gillespie. Sheer disappointment However just as Tendulkar tripled ticket sales in Nagpur, so did he empty out the stadium when he got out. "Since Sachin is out, there is no fun, so we're going home. We came to watch Sachin bat and we bought tickets for all 5 days only," said one of the spectators who had come to see Sachin in action. Tendulkar perhaps can't be blamed, but VVS Laxman is running out of excuses for his poor form this season. This was him getting out to Warne for the third time in the series. Laxman's four scores in this series are 31, 3, 4 and 13, showing just how much he's struggling. Tendulkar meanwhile has four consecutive innings of less than 10 going back to the Lahore test. Akash Chopra is without a 50 in his last 14 innings, while Dravid's only fault is that he just can't seem to score when he is burdened with the pressure of captaincy. Virender Sehwag avoids joining that list since he is the only Indian to make a century in this series. But the fact that his 31 run stand with Chopra in Nagpur was the highest opening stand for India in the last 8 innings also tells the story of why the start determines the finish.
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