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Australia v India Test Series 2018-19: The Underperforming XI

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Ishant Sharma was not at his lethal best
Ishant Sharma was not at his lethal best

The recently concluded Test Series between India and Australia has not only been highly talked about in the two countries involved in the series, but by the whole cricketing world.

Due to the result it produced, the series has been on the receiving end of even more publicity. While India should be in high spirits, celebrating their first ever Test series in Australia, there are a few players in the Indian dressing room who might not be savoring as much of the joy as the others.

Australia might have more players in this list, but India too have their fair share of flopped players. These players were shadows of their real character and potential and indeed, let their team down.

On that note, let us have a look at the flop XI of this historic Test series between Australia and India.


#1 Aaron Finch

Finch did show a lot of character by batting despite carrying a painful finger injury
Finch did show a lot of character by batting despite carrying a painful finger injury

Aaron Finch, the Aussie limited overs opening batsman, was given an opportunity to prove himself at the longer format by being offered the role of opening the innings for his country.

He failed to deliver in any of the matches, apart from the first innings of the 2nd Test match, where he and his opening partner, Marcus Harris, made a 100+ opening partnership, out of which Finch scored 50 and they eventually went on to win the match. However, Finch was unable to prove himself as a Test batsman and looked only a fraction of his limited-overs self.


#2 Murali Vijay

Vijay has lost touch with the bat since India's tour of England in Summer 2018
Vijay has lost touch with the bat since India's tour of England in Summer 2018

The regular Indian opener who had done exceedingly well during his last tour down under, failed miserably with the bat in this series. With just 49 runs in 4 innings of 2 Test matches, that too, scored at an average of a mere 12.25 runs, Vijay's International career seems to have come to an end and it's obvious that he would make it to this team.

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#3 KL Rahul

Over the past six months, it seems like KL Rahul has been finding new ways of getting out
Over the past six months, it seems like KL Rahul has been finding new ways of getting out

The highly talented and consistent young batsman from Karnataka, who at one time, was looking like an all-format India player just like Virat Kohli, has now left all the praise behind.

KL Rahul is struggling to even get bat on ball and his dismal show with the bat has left many worried. Seeing a high skilled young batsman in his 20s who has all the shots in the book struggle so hard and fail after being given repeated chances is disappointing for the captain and team management. Rahul is probably the first candidate of this dishonorable list.


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