India’s cricketers reckon a rare one-day cricket batting failure won’t be repeated in Tuesday’s series-defining fixture against Australia.
After losing the series-opener, the Indians must win in Adelaide to remain alive in the best-of-three series.
In Sydney last Saturday, opener Shikhar Dhawan was out for a first-ball duck, megastar captain Virat Kohli made just three and Ambati Rayudu was dismissed for a second-ball duck.
The Indians were left reeling at 3-4 in the fourth over, a position they couldn’t escape from despite opener Rohit Sharma’s superb 133.
“It was one of those matches where the top order didn’t click,” paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar told reporters in Adelaide on Monday.
“It can happen with you when you play so much cricket.
“So it was just one of those things … it’s very rare for us.”
But Kumar said the Indians weren’t daunted by the prospect of a series loss to Australia.
“We have been in this situation before,” he said.
“We know it won’t be impossible to win the series but it won’t be easy for us as we are playing away from home.
“We are preparing in a manner where we have to win our next two matches so it’s a kind of knockout for us, we can’t afford to lose this match.”