Before things get better, they may get worse for India.
The common thread in all of Virender Sehwag's earth-shattering innings has been a rock-steady batting partner. It was Aakash Chopra at the other end in his two big knocks in Australia and Pakistan in 2003-4. It was Rahul Dravid when he pounded South Africa in Chennai and Sri Lanka in Mumbai.
The 2008-11 period was a productive one for India because Sehwag had Gautam Gambhir at the other end. Gambhir's solidity and consistency allowed Sehwag the clutter-free environment he needs to succeed. But any semblance of that solidity is now gone, and it shows on Sehwag's scores.
Gambhir and Dravid are battling technical problems. Gambhir's once-productive dab through point is now killing him. What stands out in his dismissals is the T20-fuelled urge to get bat on every ball when he only needs to drop his arms and let the ball pass.
As for Dravid, his hands and eyes no longer align with the ball as flawlessly as they used to. There's a hint of his head falling over to the off-side each time he's been bowled on this tour.
It is not for mere mortals to dwell on Sachin Tendulkar's weaknesses. He alone knows what consumes him whenever he's in the vicinity of a milestone. As always, he's proving to be India's best batsman on an Australian tour. But the caution with which he starts to bat, when everything is going for him, can be baffling. And you don't need to have played 150 Test matches to detect that.
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