The Indian cricket team is known for being a powerhouse at home and many teams consider the tour to be one of the toughest. India have traditionally had a great batting unit and they have delivered in home conditions where and when required. Can a batting lineup with the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and later on with Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli ever fail, that too on flat belters in the country?
It does not look like so. But then again cricket is a funny game and a great leveler. It can propel you to greatness but can often drag you low too. Here we look at five instances when the Indian batsmen failed on Indian pitches.
5) 101 vs Sri Lanka in Pune
Earlier, this year India had played a T20 series against Sri Lanka. In the first T20 the famed Indian batting lineup which included the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni collapsed like a pack of cards at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) scoring just 101 in 18.5 overs.
The Indian batsmen struggled right from the outset with Rohit and Shikhar going back to the dug out. They could not quite recover from the jolt and succumbed to the wily Sri Lankan bowling.Sri Lanka too tottered a bit in their chase but got over the line with five wickets and two overs to spare.