There was no time for thought after India's attack Pentagon


Ravichandran Ashwin has since changed his viewpoint. He's testing your skill, your will, and the two edges of the bat. Ravindra Jadeja has mocked your ability to concentrate on the other end by tampering with the goal line and dishing up a second round of the you-miss-I-hit threat within 90 seconds. On that front, there is little comfort because neither spinner is able to reduce length quickly. Nearby catchers are chirping, prowling, and waiting for you to make even the smallest mistake. They also are difficult to get rid of. Beyond them, a second ring of fielders is strategically placed to prevent you from reaching the non-end striker's with ease.

You knew this was going to happen. You polished up training pitches, hand-picked imitators, and combed through old material in preparation for this particular test. But after 15 minutes of the struggle of implementing all those theories, Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami's entries in the wickets column come on the scoreboard. Is Axar Patel really getting set to move?

If you may put it this way, playing against this bowling attack in India is like being bombarded with questions that you have no idea where to start. The India's Attack Pentagon, the bowling equivalent of the famed "Bazball": Test cricket played without thinking or punctuation. Australia is the most recent guest team to go through this exhausting ordeal. They spent over a year preparing for this opportunity to snap their 19-year skid without winning a Test series in India, but they lost it in just six days.

The batting tactics of the visitors have come under fire, with claims that they were too cautious in Nagpur and aggressive in Delhi. Australia contends that a batter or two would have needed to play nearly flawlessly and have the luck of the elements on his side in order to find a sweet spot between the two. For Ashwin, the quintet of bowlers selected for these conditions—Jadeja, Axar, Shami, and Siraj—may have been the most wise decision. Even with India's rather ludicrous home record of just two losses over the past 10 years, one will struggle to find a more powerful quintet to have worked with. Furthermore, the plan to carry out this action with Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, and Kuldeep Yadav watching from the sidelines.

Australia will also testify, the team that came the closest to ending India's ten-year reign as world champions. India used a four-man attack in 2017 up to the decisive match in Dharamsala, where Ajinkya Rahane and Anil Kumble gave Kuldeep a debut as the team's fifth bowler at the end of their home season. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, though, was a member of that bowling lineup. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not quite on level with Shami, who has an average of 20.63 per wicket in India, despite having a very good home average of 26.22. Shami's 18.88 average beats out even Ashwin's (19.54) and Jadeja's (19.70), and is only topped by Axar's (13.87) explosive start to his Test career in that category.

For decades, boundary balls were regarded as acceptable collateral for pace with younger players like Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma. Not anymore. Siraj has only bowled 18 overs in two Tests. He struck off the first ball in Nagpur and bowled a thrilling burst of short-pitched bowling that softened Warner while criticizing his method.

Due to his skittish nature, Shami has barely left the stumps at the other end, forcing batters to play ball after ball. With all spin hazards in between, this, in addition to his ability to swing the new ball as well as the old ball and mop up the tail, has worked flawlessly. Additionally, Indian fast bowlers have defeated traveling bowlers in the past. In fact, there have been times when they have outplayed the spinners, as shown by their annual average of 21.52 runs to wicket versus 20.21 for the spinners.

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