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India vs Australia 2013: Sunil Gavaskar lauds Michael Clarke’s ‘bold decision’

India vs Australia 2013: Sunil Gavaskar lauds Michael Clarke's 'bold decision'

Michael Clarke declared the Australian innings at 237/9 on Day 1 of the second Test at Hyderabad © IANS

Hyderabad: Mar 2, 2013

Australian skipper Michael Clarke received praise from former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar for his decision to declare the innings on 237 for 9 against India on Sauturday.

Calling it ‘a bold decision’, Gavaskar said, “It was a bold decision as he [Clarke] knew the last pair was not going to last. He took the Indians by surprise by choosing to declare on 237 and explore the option of grabbing a wicket in the three overs left on the day.”

Gavaskar also felt that Australia’s batting performance was poor.

“After winning the toss and opting to bat on a good track, a team must get at least 400. Australia never looked like scoring those runs. Partnerships are crucial. Clarke and [Matthew] Wade had something going but the Indians came back well,” he said, as reported by NDTV.

Meanwhile, Dean Jones heaped praises on Indian bowlers and said, “[Bhuvneshwar] Kumar was magnificent. [Ravindra] Jadeja was good. The Indians were in total control while the Australian batsmen needed to come forward and play,” he said.

Kumar and Jadeja picked three wickets each to reduce the Australians to 237 for 9 when the declaration was made.

Both Gavaskar and Jones felt that the Australian batsmen were tentative against Indian spinners.

“Mentally they [Australian batsmen] are expecting every ball to turn and jump at their throats. Nimble footwork and soft hands are needed but instead, the Australian batsmen are using hard hand and are jabbing at the ball. They need to focus better. Little bit of patience, little bit of application and little bit of determination can help them a lot,” explained Gavaskar.

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