The Australian team is struggling with poor form in the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy against India. In the Nagpur and Delhi Tests, the team lost both the matches within three days. Cricket experts or former cricketers from other countries are criticizing the Australian team for this. At the same time, even the former cricketers of his own country were not spared. Where Ian Healy has spoken about taking away the captaincy of Pat Cummins. On the other hand, former head coach of Team India and former Australian cricketer Greg Chappell has now given a big statement about the Kangaroo team.
Quoting world-class boxer Mike Tyson, Greg Chappell slammed his team’s dismal performance in the first two Tests against India, saying the team punched itself in the face long before the first ball was bowled. The Australian team has already lost the Border Gavaskar Trophy after losing the first two matches of the four Tests. Chappell said that it was Mike Tyson who said before his fight against Evander Holyfield, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” He wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald that, after watching the first two Tests, my concern is that the Australian team punched themselves in the face long before the first ball was bowled.
Big mistake by Australian team
Chappell questioned Australia’s preparations and plans for the current tour of India. Formulating a strategy is one thing, but preparing it on a flawed basis is an exercise in futility, he said. After losing the first Test in Nagpur by an innings and 132 runs, Australia decided to go with just one fast bowler in captain Pat Cummins in Delhi. Scott Boland was dropped and left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnmann got his debut. Regarding this, Chappell said that Australia needed to play with their strong sides to win this series. Spin bowling is not our strength. For this, picking spinners in the team is not the way to achieve success in India. We should have picked our best bowlers and trusted them and supported the batsmen by performing well.
Now Team India has won both the matches of this series but would like to leave no stone unturned in the third Test starting from March 1 in Indore. The Indian team still needs to win one more match for the final of the World Test Championship. In such a situation, with a win in Indore, Team India would like to cement its place. On the other hand, the Australian team has lost the last three Border Gavaskar Trophy and this time also Team India has made an unbeatable lead. So the trophy has been retained by the Indian team. From here on, at least the Kangaroo team has a chance to draw the series by winning the last two matches, which is looking very difficult considering the current situation. In such a situation, to save the honor, the Kangaroo team will have to win at least one of the remaining two matches.