Rather than wooing the opposition, Australia should play some aggressive cricket, according to former Team India coach Ravi Shastri. The 60-year-old has encouraged the visitors to approach the field with determination in the second Test in Delhi.
After losing the first Test in Nagpur by one innings, Australia is under a lot of pressure going into the second one. The batting lineup was destroyed by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja at the VCA Stadium in just three days, scoring 177 and 91 runs, respectively.
RAVI SHASTRI WANT TO SEE INTENTIONALLY HARD HITTING AUSSIES
Ravi Shastri advised the Australian players to save their relationship for the IPL in his editorial for The Age, noting how it showed itself in the first Test.
“I would advise the Australians to leave their Indian Premier League teammates behind and retain them till later. There seemed to be a bit too much camaraderie in Nagpur, in my opinion. In Delhi, I want to witness that very forceful Australian aim “Added he.
The visitors have a game at the Arun Jaitley Stadium that must be won since a defeat would put a stop to their chances of reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia would be guaranteed a spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in June with a win or a draw in Delhi.
RAVI SHASTRI says that MITCHELL STARC need to participate in the second test.
Ravi Shastri also suggested that the visitors start Mitchell Starc in the starting eleven if he is healthy due to his skill with the new ball, his ability to conjure the reverse swing, and his capacity to provide groundwork for the spinners. The previous all-star continued, saying:
Another potential advantage is that Mitchell Starc could be able to play in the second Test. If so, he has to take part. It is illogical. He will provide a threat with the new ball before returning and employing the reverse swing with similar success. Additionally, he produces challenges that Murphy and Nathan Lyon may make the most of, allowing them to enter the game early.
Due to a finger injury received during the Boxing Day encounter against South Africa in December, the left-arm speedster was forced to miss the opening Test.