Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir has said that Australia will not give spicy wickets to Indian bowlers knowing that they can take 20 wickets to win a test match. These comments from the left-hander comes as India gear up to face the Aussies in the second test match in Melbourne from December 26. They lost the first test in Adelaide and are trailing the first test. They were bowled out for 36 in the second innings of the first test which is their lowest score ever.
Talking to Cricket Connected Gambhir spoke about the preparations of the Indian bowlers ahead of the second test. In the same reference, he said that Australians will not give India easy wickets to bowl on knowing that they are good bowlers and can pick 20 wickets.
“You took a lead of 50 runs. You have got the bowlers who can get Australia all out. Probably a lot of the teams that went to Australia previously, they did not have the bowlers who could take 20 Australian wickets,” Gambhir explained.
“But you have those types of bowlers, so Australia will also get rattled by that. So, Australia will not give too spicy wickets because they know Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Ashwin can take their twenty wickets” he further added.
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“They will have to forget that because three Test matches are still left. And it is not that you are 3-0 down and you are looking to come back in the fourth Test, which is very difficult,” Gambhir said.
Gambhir concluded by saying that India should not aim for a bigger score in the first inning of the Melbourne test as it can keep the team under pressure.
Gambhir, however, cautioned India’s batsmen against targeting big totals against Australia, and instead, is interested to see them post competitive totals, which he feels their bowlers can defend. “If you think about scoring 350-400 runs, then you will always keep yourself under pressure. You think about scoring 200-250 runs and give your bowlers runs on the board. Even if you give 250, you will remain in the game,” Gambhir said.
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