Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell believes that fragile batting lineups of each India and Australia have made the continuing four-match Test sequence between these two sides “enthralling”.
The four-match sequence between India and Australia is presently stage at 1-1 and each groups are presently locking horns within the ongoing fourth Test on the Gabba, Brisbane.
Chappell additionally believes that if India and Australia handle to achieve the finals of the World Test Championship, then it will be an awesome contest for the ICC title. The former Australian skipper added that Indian batsmen are now not one of the best gamers of spin.
“The fragility of both teams’ batting has contributed greatly to the enthralling nature of the series. A collapse seems never far from happening, and consequently, neither team has been able to establish absolute authority. The resilience and fight shown by India has been matched by the class of the Australian attack and their never-say-die attitude,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.
“If these two teams reach the final of the World Test Championship and they are both at full-strength, it should be one of the great winner-take-all battles. First and foremost it’s no longer correct to say Indian batsmen are the best players of spin bowling. They may not be worse than some others but they’re definitely not better than the rest overall,” he added.
Elaborating additional on his level, Chappell stated: “There have been times in this series when they certainly were not smart players of spin bowling. In the first innings at the SCG, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara were classic examples. They both plodded forward in defence to the ball after ball from Nathan Lyon, which is not only lazy footwork but is also asking for trouble. Neither was dismissed by Lyon but it was more good fortune than sound footwork.”Chappell additionally stated that India wants a top quality all-rounder like Hardik Pandya within the longest format. The former Australian skipper additionally careworn the necessity for India to enhance their catching.
“To round out India’s best side – one that will provide a real challenge if they reach the World Test Championship final – they need Hardik Pandya at full fitness. His all-round presence gives India more selection options in order to take advantage of their blossoming and versatile attack,” stated Chappell.
“The other area of need for India is improved catching. There’s no point in having a strong attack if they’re constantly thwarted by spilled chances. That leads to Rishabh Pant’s presence as a keeper. He’s fine standing back but he hurts the team standing up to the spinners. If Pant regularly bats as he did in that spirited second-innings knock in Sydney, then he justifies wearing the gloves. However, if the standard fare is only quick-fire thirties, then there’s an argument for Wriddhiman Saha retaining the gloves,” he added.
Australia had gained the primary Test in opposition to India at Adelaide, however the guests bounced again to win the following Test at Melbourne. The third Test at Sydney resulted in a draw and now each groups are locking horns within the sequence decider at Brisbane.