Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting feels India be lacking the necessary potent needed to win games amidst the Australian conditions. The veteran of 168 Tests and 13,378 runs has pointed out a major flaw in the Indian batting lineup which could be regarded as one of the potential reasons for their crushing defeats in the overseas condition.
Ricky Ponting points out the flaw prevailing in the current Indian batting lineup
“If the ball does swing around a lot or seam around a lot then I think India will find it difficult in Australia,” said Ponting.
“I think any time we saw India struggle through the England series was when the ball moved.
“As soon as the ball started to move in the air or seam, the Indian batsmen will always struggle,” added the Australian legend.
Ricky Ponting comes out in support of Virat Kohli
India suffered a humiliating defeat of 4-1 at the hands of Englishmen contrary to what was anticipated prior to the start of the Test series. The defeats in the first and fourth Tests were totally unacceptable, considering India lost both the games by close margins and rammed up their chance of a historic win in the English conditions.
Virat Kohli who was the leading run-getter in the five-match series faced a barrage of criticisms following India’s vanquishment at the hands of Englishmen. His faulty decisions in the recently concluded series were opined as one of the reasons behind India’s defeat against England.
“I’ve never sat back and tried to analyze what playing captains do as I know when I was captain on the field is about 30 or 40 percent of what you need to be in control of,” added the 43-year-old.
“The rest of it happens behind closed doors or in the change rooms and quite often back in the hotel when you’ve got time to yourself.
“Trying to find ways to spend time with your teammates, learn about them inside out and trying to find a way to make them perform better on the field.
“It’s not so much about a bowling change or a field placement as that part of the game is highly overrated as far as I’m concerned.
“The tactical stuff is normally worked out a few days before the game and then you go with your gut instinct about the game out on the ground once the game starts.”
India’s tour of Australia would commence from November 21 to January 18 and would comprise of 3 ODIs, 4 Tests and 3 T20Is being played at Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide.
Source: NDTV Sports