Team India's dismal report card from the Sydney Cricket Ground

The manner of dismissal in the 2nd innings may leave Tendulkar wondering whether he will ever get off 99 © Getty Images

 

By David Green

Indian batsmen’s marks out of 10 in the 2nd Test at Sydney: 

Gautam Gambhir – 6: Predictably tentative dismissal to the third ball of the match before – in the second innings – finally looking like the batsman that once scored eight hundreds in 10 Tests. Run without a Test hundred now extended to 35 innings.

 

Virender Sehwag – 4: Looked edgy in the first innings and fell to a stunning catch by David Warner second time around. Now without a hundred in 22 Test innings and hasn’t reached three figures in a Test outside the subcontinent since June 2006.

 

Rahul Dravid – 3: A disappointing match for the leading run-scorer in Tests in 2011. Fell to a poor shot in the 1st innings before being bowled through the gate in the second just when his side needed one of his trademark rearguard knocks. 

 

Sachin Tendulkar – 7: Looked well set on both visits to the crease but that hundredth hundred continues to elude the Little Master. The manner of his dismissal in the 2nd innings may leave him wondering whether he will ever get off 99. Average at the SCG still a monumental 157.

 

VVS Laxman – 5: Finally got his first boundary of the series after 61 balls in his fourth innings and then proceeded to a typically stylish 66 before being beaten by a gem of a ball from Ben Hilfenhaus. Has now passed fifty 73 times in Tests, which makes his tally of 17 hundreds a tad disappointing. 

 

Virat Kohli – 3: There’s no doubting Virat Kohli’s talent as the two boundaries he hit in the second innings ably demonstrated. But in six Tests he averages only 21, which – with Rohit Sharma breathing down his neck – could mean an early curtain for the series.

 

MS Dhoni – 5: Brave but foolhardy decision to bat after winning the toss and was then let down by both his batsmen and bowlers. At least Dhoni showed what could be done on this wicket with his defiant fifty on the first day.

 

Ravichandran Ashwin – 5: No wickets, but after his first five Tests averages 38 with the bat and 31 with the ball. Bowled better than his zero for 157 suggested and has scored more runs in the series than any Indian, bar Tendulkar.

 

Zaheer Khan – 6: Bowled wonderfully well to reduce Australia to 37 for three, but lack of game time probably told as his menace faded after that. Entertaining knock in the second innings.

 

Ishant Sharma – 3: Looks a pale imitation of the bowler who impressed so much on his trip to Australia four years ago. A case of too much, too young?

 

Umesh Yadav – 3: A chastening experience for the youngster after his impressive performance at Melbourne. At over five runs per over, he was more expensive than Prada. But this should be a character-forming experience for one with his talent.

 

(David Green is the brain behind the irreverent The Reverse Sweep blog and also writes for a number of cricket publications and sites such as World Cricket Watch. You can follow him on Twitter also@TheReverseSweep. David was a decent schoolboy and club cricketer (and scored his maiden 100 the same week that Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test ton) but not good enough to fulfill his childhood dream of emulating Douglas Jardine by winning the Ashes in Australia and annoying the locals into the bargain. He now lives with his wife and two young children in the South of France and will one day write the definitive biography of Hedley Verity)