Dhoni out of Brisbane test match

By Hitesh Jain on Nov 12, 2014
MS Dhoni would not play in the first match of the 4-match test series against Australia. He would be back for the rest of the series though. Virat Kohli would be in charge of the side in Dhoni’s absence. It’s the first time that Virat would captain India in a test match. In 50-over cricket, he has done so occasionally. In fact, even in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, he has been leading India, but, being a captain in 5-day cricket is a different challenge altogether and that too in Brisbane against a very strong Australian side. But, Virat would be up for it. He is already being seen as India’s next test captain and he has the opportunity now to show his credentials. Even a draw in Brisbane would do no harm to his reputation as captain.

Brisbane is a very quick wicket though and with the young batting line up, India is going to feel the heat there, no doubt. Mitchell Johnson would be a big force and so would be Mitchell Starc if he plays. Both of them have got serious pace. And, apart from Ajinkya Rahane and even Murali Vijay to some extent, no Indian batsman has had a good time in test cricket of late. On the England tour, everybody’s technique got exposed. Even Virat himself couldn’t do much. He did not even get a half century there. However, the conditions in Australia would be different from English conditions. In England, it was more about swing and movement. In Australia, it would be more about pace and bounce.

India would surely be missing Dhoni- the batsman in Brisbane. First because he has played there before and knows the wicket a little bit and second, in general, he is a good player of cut and pull and on quick wickets, he is one of the very few Indian batsmen who feel at home. Wriddhiman Saha though, the backup wicketkeeper for Dhoni, has also had a good technique. But, he is inexperienced having played just two test matches in his career.
Last updated - Nov 12, 2014 1:38 am
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