After Australia’s dismal performance in the second innings of the second Test against India in Delhi, former Indian cricketer and head coach Ravi Shastri bemoaned the batters’ lack of effort. On the third morning of the Delhi Test, Australia lost nine wickets in in one session, giving up the match despite being in a commanding position.
According to Ravi Shastri, the Australian batsmen’ demise was caused by their lack of confidence in their defence against the Indian spinners. The Australian batsmen were heavily penalised for sticking to their strategy of sweeping to Indian bowlers. The former Indian all-rounder said that too many batters sought to do things that weren’t typical instead of sticking to the fundamentals and having confidence in their skills.
I believe utilisingMore than anything else, their lack of confidence in their own defence (has let them down). Australia paid a steep price for the unbelievable lack of effort and discipline. You have no chance if you don’t trust your defence because you’ll start to entertain thoughts of escaping much sooner than you should.
Sometimes you have to spend some time at the crease, but how can you do that if you don’t have confidence in your defence? Yet, I failed to observe any Aussie batsmen (do that). What shocked me was that some of their most senior players went out there and tried to do things that weren’t typical of them, Shastri said.Welcome to the ICC Review Podcast.
The psychological impact of a 4-0 victory here is significant for the opposition: Shastri
A complete sweep for the Indians in the four-match Test series, according to the former head coach of India, will send a clear message to their rivals, who are most likely to compete in the WTC final later this year. He did predict that when the Australian fast bowlers are fully healthy again, they will be a different team.
A 4-0 victory here sends a powerful message to the rivals. There will be an effect, but the situation is different because Australia’s fast bowlers will be available again because several of them are hurt. Yet, that psychological damage will lead India to believe that, despite those circumstances, they’re stillsufficient to surpass Australia, he added.
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