Gavaskar: Aussie bowlers were superb, unfair to blame Indian batsmen

Gavaskar sympathised with the Indian team after it slumped to its lowest Test score, saying it would be a bit unfair to be critical given that the Australian quicks were simply “superb”.

Gavaskar said it is not fair to blame the Indian batsmen for the way they got out to some brilliant bowling by Australia.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday sympathised with the Indian team after it slumped to its lowest Test score, saying it would be a bit unfair to be critical given that the Australian pace bowlers were simply “superb”.

The trio of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc produced a sensational performance as the visitor collapsed to its lowest Test score of 36. India’s earlier lowest score was 42 against England at the Lord’s in 1974 and Gavaskar was a part of that team.

“I mean, any team that is all-out for its lowest Test score since the time it started playing Test cricket, that’s never good to see,” Gavaskar told Channel 7 after India’s eight-wicket loss here.

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“But having said that, if any other team had been facing that kind of bowling, they would have also got out, maybe not all-out for 36, maybe 72 or 80-90 but the way Hazelwood, Cummins bowled and the earlier three-over spell from Starc, they asked a lot of questions,” he explained.

“So it’s not fair to blame the Indian batsmen for the way they got out because it was just simply superb bowling by the Australian bowlers,” he added.

After ending the second day with a handy 62-run first innings lead, India faced a batting collapse in the first session of day three.

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None of its batsmen reached double-digit scores as Hazlewood (5-8) and Cummins (4-21) terrorised the touring side into submission.

Australia now leads the four-match series 1-0.

The two teams will meet again on December 26 for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, where India will be without the services of skipper Virat Kohli, who will head back home for the birth of his first child.