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Gavaskar heaps praise on inexperienced Indian bowling attack

Indian great Sunil Gavaskar has heaped praise on India for reducing Australia to 274 for five after the first day of the Brisbane Test despite fielding their least experienced bowling attack in nearly nine decades.

“The match still hangs in the balance but this is what Test cricket is all about. Who would have thought India would respond like this without two of their bowling lynchpins. Two bowlers came in as the net bowlers and now they are playing Test cricket for India,” said Gavaskar.

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As India’s bowlers have a combined total of only 11 Test wickets between them, it is their most-inexperienced bowling attack since the nation’s second ever Test back in 1933.

Mohammad Siraj had picked up 7 wickets while Navdeep Saini just 4 prior to this Test. T Natarajan and Washington Sundar made their Test debuts in this match. Shardul Thakur, before this Test, had the experience of bowling just one over on his debut in 2018 against West Indies.

In contrast, the hosts have 1013 wickets between Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.

However, Gavaskar was also critical of Team India for letting the advantage slip away. He believes that not being able to take the final five wickets quickly has been a problem for India since 1932.

“The Indian bowlers get the first wickets but they struggle to get the last five wickets,” Gavaskar said.

“India at least till tea time were controlling the game. If they got another couple of wickets then you could’ve said the day was India’s India had a really good chance of restricting Australia if they had got another wicket but this unbeaten partnership as taken it towards Australia.”

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