Australia will lose series if they keep on playing with defensive mindset: Gautam Gambhir
He is also concerned about their future as a team.
Updated - Dec 14, 2018 2:36 pm
India defeated Australia in a low-scoring encounter by 31 runs in the first Test at the Adelaide Oval thus taking an unprecedented 1-0 lead in the ongoing four-Test series Down Under. After the match, the Aussies received heavy criticism for not being able to capitalize on the good start they got on day 1 as India crumbled to 127 for 6 but went on to score 250 runs in the innings.
The Kangaroos, known for their attacking style of cricket, are now being tagged as playing “defensive” cricket in the past year or so which has shocked the cricket pandits around the world. The most recent to criticize the defensive playing nature of the current Australian team is former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir. The southpaw was shocked by their performance in Adelaide and has also raised a point of concern for Cricket Australia which can hamper their cricket in the coming years.
The Delhi born former cricketer, in an exclusive interview with India TV, was quick to issue a warning for the Australian camp as he felt that their future is in grave danger if this current side is seen as the next generation Australian team without the likes of star players like Steve Smith and David Warner. The 37-years-old left-hander believes that if Tim Paine & Co. continue to play with a conservative approach it will not be possible for them to stop Team India from winning their first series ever on Australian soil.
Gautam Gambhir thinks batting is their weakness
“Australia’s batting is currently their weakness. I’ve never seen an Australian side on Australian conditions score less runs. During our time they used to put up +400 runs and now 190, this just shows what a defensive mindset they have,” Gambhir told India TV.
“If this team is the backup plan to Smith and Warner, this is Australia’s next generation. This should be worrisome for them. A nation just cannot be dependent on just two players. This just shows that their first class structure was not like it was before. If Australia continues to play with a defensive mindset, India will win the series,” he further added.
Speaking on India’s chances of winning the four-match series, Gambhir feels that skipper Virat Kohli has the necessary experience required to turn this dream into reality. The second Test is underway at the new Optus Stadium in Perth and Kohli’s team will look to create history by taking an unassailable lead.