A lot is being said and written about how the Australian team is in transition after the recent retirements. Let us compare the Australian and Indian batting. Oz has got in its batting line up Hayden, Ponting, Hussey and Clarke, all not exactly newcomers if one may say so. Simon Katich also has close to 30 tests under his belt. Now typically this is the case in most if not all test teams. The Indian batting line up could be an exception at the moment, but take out Ganguly and probably Dravid as well and we are in the same boat. India probably has the edge in Dhoni over Haddin. In the bowling department as well Lee for Harbhajan. Take Kumble out and our bowling is also in transition so to speak with rookies Ishanth and Mishra.
On paper the Australian team has much more batting depth with White coming in at 8. So it is not as if the Indians are already a superior side or are the no 1 side in the world. What we need to understand is that India has been the only side to get under the skin of the Aussies in the last decade or so. I don’t think the Australian side was in transition though that entire period. India on the other hand has had more captains, opening batsmen and fast bowlers in their line up during that period. Even in the crrent series India is playing under a new captain.
When teams continue their winnng habit nobody talks of transition. The moment the team starts to underperform there is a pressing need to justify and find excuses. Transition is the current excuse. A poor performing bowling attack is not highlighted so much. A couple of months back when India lost the series in SL we only blamed ur batting failures. We never went around looking for other excuses like the review system or saying “India ahs always done badly in Sl” like the way some other teams say when they tour India. Bowlers who tour India and perform badly invariably say that the sub continent is difficult for bowlers. We never find our own bowlers saying that bowling in Australia is difficult or batting in Australia on bouncy tracks is difficult. Of course it is difficult and the professionals are expected to adapt themselves.