India media lash out at veteran batsmen for MCG capitulation
INDIAN media have lashed out at the country’s famed batting line-up for letting the team down in the opening Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Chasing 292 on Thursday, India failed to cope with Australia’s pace attack as they were shot out for 169 despite the batting experience of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Venkatsai Laxman and Virender Sehwag.
“Melbourne Meltdown” said the Times of India after the 122-run defeat.
“Those expecting India's much-vaunted batting line-up to give Australia a run for their money were disappointed when Dhoni and Co surrendered without even putting up a semblance of a fight,” the paper wrote.
“Mauled in Melbourne” the Hindustan Times said on its front page and “Bat-erred India fall apart” on its sports page.
“The chase was always going to be an uphill task, considering the recent barren run which has seen the famed batting line-up not cross the 300-run mark in the last 10 away innings,” said the paper.
It was India’s fifth successive Test defeat away from home after a 4-0 loss in England.
The second Test starts in Sydney on Tuesday. – SAPA-AFP