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Dear India, how did you get it so wrong?

India started the year knowing they had three big overseas tours ahead of them, but it took to the third tour to finally pick the right team.



Ajinkya Rahane executes a beautiful pull shot. Source: Cricket County

When India's first test team was announced to play South Africa in January of this year, the most notable omission was Ajinkya Rahane. His form leading into the series admittedly was poor, but on the flip side his overseas form had always been impressive, and the team's vice captain had been a staple in the Indian batting line up for many years.


History shows India lost the match and ultimately the series. Although it would be far fetched to say this was the reason they lost, it wouldn't be far fetched to say that Kohli and Shastri erred in their decision to not pick him.

Forward ahead to the first test in England. Another quality and trustworthy Indian top order batsman, another staple of the batting line up, Cheteshwar Pujara, was omitted. Once again India went on to lose a tight test match. Once again to suggest this was the reason would not be right, but Kohli and Shastri had not learned their lessons from South Africa. A fundamental when picking a team overseas is picking your tried and tested quality batsmen.


Both times the leaders went with their instincts. Both times they got it wrong.


By Adelaide there were no basic errors from the Indians. They picked 6 batsmen, a keeper and 4 bowlers. A traditional team. This was something they also, almost refused to do, in South Africa and England.



Dinesh Karthik was all at sea batting at No.6 against England. Image: Daily Hunt

Their constant decision of batting their keeper at 6 simply didn't work, not once. However they simply refused to change their plan. Whether it was Saha, Patel or Karthik they all failed batting at 6, and they didn't stop and change it. By the time Rishabh Pant made a century, low and behold batting at number 7 in the 5th test at The Oval, both series were done and dusted.


Too many basic errors.


The Indian selection panel of Shastri and Kohli had struck out twice, but by picking two of their experienced batsmen in Pujara and Rahane, who have delivered, and getting the balance right for this test, they look to have hit a home run in Adelaide.

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