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Australian bowlers were superb, unfair to blame Indian batsmen: Sunny

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ADELAIDE, Dec 19: The legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday sympathised with the Indian team after it slumped to its lowest Test score, saying it would be a bit unfair to be critical given that the Australian pace bowlers were simply �superb�. The trio of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc produced a sensational performance as the visitors collapsed to their lowest Test score of 36. India�s earlier lowest score was 42 against England at the Lord�s in 1974 and Gavaskar was a part of that team.

�I mean, any team that is all-out for its lowest Test score since the time it started playing Test cricket, that�s never good to see,� Gavaskar told �Channel 7� after India�s eight-wicket loss here. �But having said that, if any other team had been facing that kind of bowling, they would have also got out, maybe be not all-out for 36, maybe 72 or 80-90 but the way Hazelwood, Cummins bowled and the earlier three-over spell from Starc, they asked a lot of questions,� he explained.

�So it�s not fair to blame the Indian batsmen for the way they got out because it was just simply superb bowling by the Australian bowlers,� he added.

After ending the second day with a handy 62-run first innings lead, India faced a batting collapse in the first session of day three.

None of their batsmen reached double-digit scores as Hazlewood (5/8) and Cummins (4/21) terrorised the tourists into submission. � PTI

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Australian bowlers were superb, unfair to blame Indian batsmen: Sunny

ADELAIDE, Dec 19: The legendary Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday sympathised with the Indian team after it slumped to its lowest Test score, saying it would be a bit unfair to be critical given that the Australian pace bowlers were simply �superb�. The trio of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc produced a sensational performance as the visitors collapsed to their lowest Test score of 36. India�s earlier lowest score was 42 against England at the Lord�s in 1974 and Gavaskar was a part of that team.

�I mean, any team that is all-out for its lowest Test score since the time it started playing Test cricket, that�s never good to see,� Gavaskar told �Channel 7� after India�s eight-wicket loss here. �But having said that, if any other team had been facing that kind of bowling, they would have also got out, maybe be not all-out for 36, maybe 72 or 80-90 but the way Hazelwood, Cummins bowled and the earlier three-over spell from Starc, they asked a lot of questions,� he explained.

�So it�s not fair to blame the Indian batsmen for the way they got out because it was just simply superb bowling by the Australian bowlers,� he added.

After ending the second day with a handy 62-run first innings lead, India faced a batting collapse in the first session of day three.

None of their batsmen reached double-digit scores as Hazlewood (5/8) and Cummins (4/21) terrorised the tourists into submission. � PTI

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