On Day 3 of the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), it was yet again the visitors who had the upper hand in the game after scalping 6 big wickets for just 236 runs before the “stumps” were called by the two umpires due to bad light as Aaustralia still trail by 386 runs with Pat Cummins and Peter Handscomb battling it out in the middle.
In an exclusive Q & A session by Sports Flashes with former Indian batsman – Aakash Chopra, we asked the expert about the poor shot selection of the Australian batsmen, Kuldeep Yadav’s presence with the ball and much more.
Q) Why have the Australian batsmen failed to dominate on a flat Sydney wicket?
Aakash Chopra - “It is understood that it is a pretty flat wicket, but with the way the Australian batsmen lost their wickets explained the lack of temperament and technique the current lot of Aussie batsmen suffer with. The two spinners bowled well for India and bowled a good line and length to keep it tight, Kohli’s field placements were also commendable, but at the end of the day you have to point finger at the Australian batsmen for the mistakes they’ve done.”
Q) Should Kuldeep Yadav be a member of the playing XI more often than not?
Aakash Chopra - “Kuldeep Yadav is a real asset , and he should be given more opportunities in the Test format , given the kind of variations he brings forward which turns out to be an X factor for the Indian team, but the other side of the story has Ravi Ashwin in it, who has won plenty of man of the series awards and taken bundles of wickets for the nation, along with Ravindra Jadeja whose risen to the occasion as well with his all round performance, so the young chinamen has got time in his hands before he goes full throttle in Tests”
Q) How has Virat Kohli’s captaincy evolved over the course of time?
Aakash Chopra -“In admiration of Virat Kohli’s captaincy, especially with the way he has varied his bowlers and managed field placements. Earlier, one always used to get the feeling that Virat Kohli is ‘work in progress,’ when it comes to leadership, he still needs to improve on some aspects, but Kohli has been absolutely top notch with his captaincy in the series versus Australia.”
Q) Should Pat Cummins be sent up the order in the batting line-up?
Aakash Chopra - “Pat Cummins is fairing off pretty well with the bat, but the question is that where would he be sent and over whom will he be promoted does he get the chance. If Australian batsmen keep misfiring in upcoming Tests as well, then he could possibly be sent up the order, but let’s be fair, he bowls loads of overs which requires a lot of effort, and as a result requires adequate rest, so it would be hard on him too if the decision is made.”
uestion is that where would he be sent and over whom will he be promoted does he get the chance. If Australian batsmen keep misfiring in upcoming Tests as well, then he could possibly be sent up the order, but let’s be fair, he bowls loads of overs which requires a lot of effort, and as a result requires adequate rest, so it would be hard on him too if the decision to promote him is made.”
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