The freakish accident that South Australian batsman Phil Hughes encountered in the Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales, send the cricketing world to tears. Condolence and support flowed from all walks of life, every corner of the world. Hughes body was cremated in his farm at Macksville, New South Wales
Hughes was trying to hook a bouncer from NSW bowler Sean Abbott, when the ball struck the back of his head, causing death. Here, the delivery that caused the tragedy was bowled at 135 kmph, a decent pace delivery by international standards. In International Cricket we would come across bowlers who can clock 145+ kmph speed, at will. Dale Steyn, Mitchell Johnson, Morne Morkel to name a few.
Now, Team India is touring Australia, with their first test to commence on December 9, at Adelaide Oval. Australian pitches are known for their pace and bounce, with the bowlers who are willing to bend their back are assured with maximum rewards. With Hughes’ incident every other batsman will be in a state of fear against the bouncing ball. Indian batsmen are notoriously known for their inability to handle the short pitch bowling. Indians will be confronted by Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle at Adeliade, who all can hit 145 kmph regularly. Unless Indian batsman are ready to counter it with their technique rather than aggression, an imminent danger is waiting them. If a delivery clocking 135 kmph can cause death, then how danger it is to face a ball fired at 145 or 150 kmph.
Such was his impact in last few months that, Mitchell Johnson is most recently crowned as the Cricketer of the year by ICC. He got bagfull of wickets in almost every test he played last year. Batsmen were afraid to face Johnson. They were more concerned about their body let alone play. This is because Johnson terrorised the batsmen around the Globe, by aiming their body rather than stumps, their by creating fear in batsmen’s mind, which will ultimately lead to wickets. If Johnson is going to try this method against the Indian Batsmen, coupled with the fear caused by Hughes incident, then this series will be a nightmare for the men in Blue.