After a striking win by the touring Australian team in the very first test match played in India, one of the most talked about players of the touring team is Steve O’Keefe. Steve was the reason that had led to the crumbling of the Indian batting order. However, it seems that the bowler has failed to impress the experts with his performance.
The first test of the four-match series was wrapped up within three days. India, the top-ranked team in the world, failed to make its mark. The Indian team scored a meager 105 in the first innings and completed the second with just 107. On the other hand, the touring team had shown some outstanding performance specially with the bowling department and had completely outdone the home team.
12-Wicket Haul Was Not Enough To Impress Experts
Talking about the most successful bowler of the encounter, Steve O’Keefe Ravi Shastri stated that Steve was controlled and accurate. According to Ravi, who has been coaching the team in the past, the batsmen were looking for spin, but the bowler depended on line and length to get the batsmen going. Talking about the Indian team batsmen, Ravi said that they went on to play wrong lines. This, according to Ravi should be a critical point for the home team even when playing on flat pitches. To end it, Shastri said that India must sort out a way to break O’Keefe’s rhythm.
Harbhajan Singh, the reputed off-spinner, was also spotted commenting on the spin sensation, who went on to claim 12 wickets in the first test match in the series. Harbhajan said that the pitch was not how a test pitch should have been. He says that ideally, a test wicket must last 5 days. Harbhajan, who has had some ugly spat with the Australian team in the past, said that one cannot play in such a pitch, where anyone can run in to bowl and claim wickets. According to Harbhajan, one would not need to flight the ball or do anything else, all they need to do in such a pitch is to keep it fast and not to give the batsman any room.