"It wasn't unplayable"- Pat Cummins blames batters for big loss against India in Nagpur
Australia came to India after four successive test series wins, which helped them claim the No. 1 test team ranking. Many believed that Australia would sweep India this time around because India missed their key players due to injuries and other reasons.
But the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy indicates that it is still pretty tough for Australia to beat India in India. The first game ended within three days which Australia surrending at their lowest inning score in India in the second inning. The visitors lost the first game by an inning and 132 runs, which is also their third-biggest loss against India.
Ahead of the start of the first test, there were many who questioned the pitch in Nagpur. Some former Australian cricketers even claimed that the Indian management had doctored the surface to give their bowlers extra help. But India played on the same pitch and scored 400 runs in their inning.
That's what the Australian skipper Pat Cummins said after the loss. In the post-match presentation, Cummins admitted that it wasn't an unplayable pitch in the first inning and said that they would have liked to add another 100 runs in their first inning.
Cummins said, "India played really well. That first innings, the wicket spun but wasn't unplayable. Would have loved another 100 or so runs. Obviously, starting here is tough but three or four of our guys got in and started to look pretty comfortable in the first innings. Those guys who do get in have got to turn it into big scores."
Australia got dismissed for just 177 runs in the first inning, and India replied with 400 runs, taking a lead of 223 runs in the first inning. The Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, scored 120 runs, the only century in the test match. Axar Patel (84) and Axar Patel (70) also played well. In the second inning, Australia registered a 91-all out. Ravi Ashwin picked up 5/37. Jadeja was named Man of the Match for his all-round performance.