It has always been that Brisbane becomes the first venue of any Australia series. Adelaide was Team India’s best chance to register a win in the 2014 Australia Tour, which came out to be a loss.
Brisbane is always bad for India. India have never won a test match at The Gabba.
History says, out of the 5 test matches played at Brisbane, India has only managed to draw a match and lost all others. It seems that the venue is especially unlucky for Team India. India was the only team till the year 2003, who lost every test series in Brisbane; however, some of them very close. In last 22 years, India played only one test at The Gabba in 2003-04, which is the Solitary drawn Test. Also, Cricket Australia have not lost a test match at Brisbane in more than last 25 years.
But, the prime question is what is so unlucky about Brisbane in India point of view?
If we go through an analysis of the performance of the players at Brisbane, we will find that the ground is always favorable for the bowlers. In addition, pace bowlers have got special advantage from this ground. Out of the top 10 wicket takers in this ground, 9 are pace bowlers. The only spinner to be featured in that list is Lance Gibbs from West Indies.
Pace to spin ratio at Brisbane is close to 3:1. Spinners have managed to take just 421 wickets in all the matched played at The Gabba compared to 1207 taken by the pacers. Again, pacers do have a very mean average of taking regular wickets. Batsman have made better run against the spinners than the pacers here. The most interesting finding with the bowling analysis at The Gabba Ground is that the pacers have taken ‘5 Wickets’ and ’10 Wickets’ for 54 and 6 times respectively, while for spinners this figure is 18 and 2 respectively.
Even, out of the top 20 Australian wicket-takers, 18 are pacers. Contrary to the facts, Shane Warne is the highest wicket-taker in that ground, who is a spinner.
So, is attacking pace bowling at The Gabba the major concern for Team India? Do the Indian pace bowling not work the same way Australian bowling does?