Ind vs Aus: Australia is on its way to India for Border Gavaskar’s Trophy in the four-match Test Series and WTC Finals. But Ian Chappell warned guests that the host is hard to beat in their home.
Rohit Sharma and others will miss Rishabh Pant’s ‘sociable personality’, but it’s ‘nearly impossible’ for Australia to beat India at home, says legend Ian Chappell. Pat Cummins led Australia, who had most recently won a series against the Ashes and Pakistan, the West Indies, and South Africa. They will face the ultimate test in a four-game series starting February 9 in Nagpur.
Chappell said, “This will be a tough challenge as the Indian team, also known as ‘Everest’ in Australia, is strong and almost impossible to win at home”. He pointed out that the series has all the building blocks of a very competitive series, adding: “These teams are the test two teams in the dwindling number of cricket’s standout teams, but it will be difficult to overtake the eventual winners of this series, India.”
It’s been over a decade since India lost the Test series at home to Great Britain in 2012, 2-1. Meanwhile, Australia seeks its first series win in 19 years in India. The last tour with a big win was at the Pune Test, yet they lost the series 1-2.
Rohit, Kohli, and Pujara can dominate the Lyon-led spin attack
Australia are oozing confidence with their strong form on the pitch. Pant, who was injured in a horrific car accident last month, has been ruled out. And in his absence, India has come up with a rookie duo Ishan Kishan and KS Bharat.
“India has some things to prove, especially when it comes to pants backup performance. The pant’s desire to dominate bowlers cannot be replaced, so India must rely on its best batsmen not only to perform but to maintain good batting averages,” – Chappell
“One of the main tasks of Indian players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Cheteshwar Pujara is to build a mental edge against Lyon. Suppose they can’t demand it at the rate they can, then their bowling will be heavily dependent on the ‘Big Three’ (Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, and Mitchell Starc),” Chappell said.
But in India, the average is over 30 in all regions, including Lyon, Chappell noted. “Lyon is the only performer with a proven track record, averaging over 30 in India. Lyon feels they have grown as bowlers on the subcontinent, but their support comes from bowlers like Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson.
Ian Chappell advises keeping Smith calm
The former Australian captain went on to write that the Indian bowler’s key was to keep Steve Smith calm.
Hitting success will be a big challenge for Australian batsmen, especially if Ravindra Jadeja manages to bowl well in conjunction with the highly efficient R Ashwin, Chappell speculated.
“The Indian bowlers’ main task is to find ways to calm the prolific Smith. If India can curb the success of Smith and Lyon, they could win the game,” said Chappell. added.
The results of the four tests will determine whether both teams advance to the finals of the Test World Championship. After Nagpur, the series moves to New Delhi (17-21 February), Dharamsala (1-5 March), and Ahmedabad (9-13 March).